A Guide to Qualitative Field Research (2nd Revised edition)

A Guide to Qualitative Field Research (2nd Revised edition)

By: Carol A. Bailey (author)Paperback

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Thoroughly revised, the Second Edition of A Guide to Field Research is designed to assist undergraduate students and other beginning field researchers in carrying out their first qualitative studies. Its rich examples from classic ethnographies, as well as examples generated by the author herself, help bring alive the abstract principles of field research.

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Having received her Ph.D. from Washington State University, Carol A. Bailey is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the university-wide Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence. She has also been Chair of the University Writing Program at the Academy of Teaching Excellence.


About the Author Preface Acknowledgments 1. Introduction to Qualitative Field Research Overview History of Field Research Status Characteristics Summary Chapter Highlights Exercises 2. Ethical Issues in Qualitative Field Research Informed Consent Deception Confidentiality Institutional Review Board Chapter Highlights Exercises 3. Prelude to Qualitative Fieldwork Selecting a Research Topic Ethical Issues Practicality Accessibility The Familiar Versus the Unfamiliar Record Keeping Goals and Research Questions Review of Literature Final Preparations Chapter Highlights Exercises 4. The Infrastructure of Qualitative Field Research Paradigms Theory Traditions of Inquiry Chapter Highlights Exercises 5. Methodology Sampling Gaining Entree Arrival in the Field Key Actors Informed Consent Field Relationships Triangulation Chapter Highlights Exercises 6. Observations Planning Observations Observations of Physical Surroundings Observations of Participants Observations of Actions Ethics Summary Chapter Highlights Exercises 7. Interviews Unstructured Interviews Structured Interviews Semistructured Interviews Selecting the Appropriate Type of Interview Question Construction Framing the Interview Ethics Status Characteristics Terminating the Interview Chapter Highlights Exercises 8. Field Notes and Leaving the Field Content of Field Notes Guidelines for Writing Field Notes Leaving the Field Chapter Highlights Exercises 9. Coding, Memoing, and Descriptions Coding Strategies for Improving Coding Memoing Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Descriptions Summary Chapter Highlights Exercises 10. Typologies, Taxonomies, Visuals Representations, and Themes Typologies Taxonomies Visual Representations Themes Chapter Highlights Exercises 11. Storytelling, Critical Events, and Analytic Induction Storytelling Critical Event Analytic Induction Interpretation Chapter Highlights Exercises 12. Evaluation Criteria and Final Manuscript Evaluation Criteria Strategies for Enhancing Validity and Trustworthiness Writing the Final Manuscript Format of the Final Manuscript Conclusion Chapter Highlights Exercises References Glossary/Index

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  • publication date: 14/11/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781412936507
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781412936507
  • weight: 318
  • ISBN10: 1412936500
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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