Research Methods

Research Methods - ResearchMethods(cont.) 15:11 Ethnography

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Research Methods (cont.) 15:11 Ethnography Seeks understanding of norms and patterns of interactions Participant observation o Overt role o Convert role Seeks “native” point of view o Interviews o Informants Example: Leon Dash on teen members o Found many of teen pregnancies were girls who wanted a child- they  wanted some one to love and wanted to provide care for these children o What he found was very different then what some one outside the  community would have found (by them placing their own values on the  pregnant teens) o Shows that even though a researcher might come into a study with  preconceived notions—they might find something different than what they  thought o Advantage: get a real genuine understanding for people as people Study behavior in natural setting Inductive process o Where you study lots of individual cases or examples then you try to come 
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Research Methods - ResearchMethods(cont.) 15:11 Ethnography

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