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Analysis and Interpretation of Ethnographic Data

A Mixed Methods Approach, Second Edition

Margaret D. LeCompte and Jean J. Schensul

This is Book 5 of 7 in the Ethnographer's Toolkit, Second Edition.

Treating analysis as both a mechanical and a cognitive process, Book 5 begins by describing why analysis and interpretation of data are necessary. In the first two chapters the book points out the importance of beginning ethnographic analysis in the field, during the earliest stages of data collection, and how to move between induction and deduction, the concrete and the abstract, in a process informed by an emerging and increasingly refined conceptual model. The middle section tackles the challenge of transforming huge piles of text, audio, and visual information into
an ethnographic whole through generic and specific coding and quantification of qualitative data, using multiple extended examples. Chapters show how to use computers in analysis of qualitative data and ways to integrate the results of quantitative and qualitative data into a comprehensive picture of a complex whole. Chapter 9 presents a rare and comprehensive description of the statistics
regularly used by ethnographers to analyze ethnographic surveys. Chapters 10 and 11 show how researchers create and then fine-tune preliminary results into an integrated whole, display them for multiple audiences, and write them up. The final chapter illustrates how ethnographers can share the meaning of results with local communities and constituents and with other professional researchers.

Other books in the set:

Book 1:
Designing and Conducting Ethnographic Research: An Introduction, Second Edition
by Margaret D. LeCompte and Jean J. Schensul

Book 2:
Initiating Ethnographic Research: A Mixed Methods Approach
by Stephen L. Schensul, Jean J. Schensul, and Margaret D. LeCompte

Book 3:
Essential Ethnographic Methods: A Mixed Methods Approach, Second Edition
by Jean J. Schensul and Margaret D. LeCompte

Book 4:
Specialized Ethnographic Methods: A Mixed Methods Approach
edited by Jean J. Schensul and Margaret D. LeCompte

Book 6:
Ethics in Ethnography: A Mixed Methods Approach
by Margaret D. LeCompte and Jean J. Schensul

Book 7:

Ethnography in Action: A Mixed Methods Approach
by Jean J. Schensul and Margaret D. LeCompte
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AltaMira Press
Pages: 358Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7591-2207-9 • Paperback • September 2012 • $37.95 • (£24.95)
978-0-7591-2208-6 • eBook • August 2012 • $35.95 • (£24.95)
Margaret D. LeCompte is professor emerita of education and sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Jean J. Schensul is founding director and senior scientist at the Institute for Community Research, Hartford, Connecticut.
List of Tables and Figures
List of Examples
Chapter 1: Why Are Analysis and Interpretation Necessary?
Chapter 2: Analysis in the Field
Chapter 3: Tidying Up, Cataloging, and Creating Data Inventories
Chapter 4: Recursivity, Induction, and Deduction: Moving Between Levels of Abstraction
Chapter 5: Ways to Begin Analysis
Chapter 6: Specific Coding and Initial Quantification
Chapter 7: Coding and Creating Qualitative Code Books
Chapter 8: Managing Qualitative and Quantitative Data with Computers
Chapter 9: Analyzing Ethnographically Based Survey Data
Chapter 10: Creating Preliminary Results: Putting Parts Together
Chapter 11: Fine Tuning Results and Beginning the Write-Up
Chapter 12: Creating Interpretations
About the Authors and Artists
The Ethnographer's Toolkit series is designed with you, the novice fieldworker, in mind. In a series of seven brief books, the editors and authors of the Toolkit take you through the multiple, complex steps of doing ethnographic research in simple, reader-friendly language. Case studies, checklists, key points to remember, and additional resources to consult are all included to help the reader fully understand the ethnographic process. Avoiding a step-by-step formula approach, the authors are able to explain the complicated tasks and relationships that occur in the field in clear, helpful ways. Research designs, data collection techniques, analytical strategies, research collaborations, and an array of uses for ethnographic work in policy, programming, and practice, are described in the volumes. The Toolkit is the perfect starting point for professionals in diverse professional fields in social welfare, education, health, economic development, and the arts, as well as for advanced students and experienced researchers unfamiliar with the demands of conducting good ethnography.