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SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY College of Social Work S. W. 242 Spring 2008 Edward Cohen Week 3: February 8, 2008 Qualitative Methods: Observing, Interviewing and Documenting, Part II “Lady, I do not make up things. That is ‘lies.’ Lies are not true. But the truth could be made up if you know how. And that’s the truth!” Lily Tomlin, (Actress, Comedienne), in her “Little Girl” role Announcement about Labs Next week we will meet at the lab, not the classroom (I’ll give out the door codes today): Section 4 (9 – 11:30) meets at Industrial Studies (IS) 134 Section 3 (1:30 – 4:15) meets at Wash Square Hall (WSQ) 208 Include memos; rhetoric; writing up qualitative research Terms and concepts you should know: Self reflective notes Thematic analysis Coding Content analysis “Quantifying” qualitative data Unit of analysis (in content analysis) Manifest content Latent content Observation protocol I. Ethnography (or Naturalistic Inquiry) A. Ethnographic methods are relevant if you choose to observe a setting for Assignment #2 B. “What is the culture of this group of people?”--this study is a description and interpretation of a cultural or social group or system. The researcher examines the group(s) observable and learned patterns of behavior, customs, and ways of life, usually through extended exposure to the group(s). C. Method for Ethnographic Study 1. Observation Protocol – a way to structure your field notes and description of the observation. It has two main parts: 1
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a) Description of what you observe (what people do, what they say, thick description of the setting). May also include sketches of the setting. b) Self reflective comments—what you think about the observations, how you explain them, questions that come up for you 2. Analysis and Interpretation a) Address your original research questions (if you have any): what do the data tell you about them? b)
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