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Guidelines for Qualitative Fieldwork SW242
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1. Design feldwork to be clear about your role as observer (degree oF participation); the tension between insider (emic) and outsider (etic) perspectives; degree and nature oF collaboration with co researchers; disclosure and explanation oF the observer’s role to others; duration oF observations (short vs. long); and Focus oF observation (narrow vs. broad). 2. ±ield notes are descriptive, thick, deep and rich descriptions. 3. Stay open. Gather a variety oF inFormation From di²erent perspectives. Be opportunistic, Follow leads and sampling purposeFully to deepen understanding. Allow the design to emerge flexibly as new understandings open up new paths oF inquiry. 4. Cross validate/ triangulate: observations, interviews, documents, artiFacts, recordings and photographs. Multiple and mixed methods Summary Guidelines for Qualitative Fieldwork
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5. Use participant quotations own words to capture views and experiences. 6. Select key informants wisely and use them carefully. Use wisdom of drawn perspectives but their perspective is selective (like everyone else). 7. Be aware of the diFerent stages of ±eldwork a. Build trust; you are being evaluated as well b. Attend to relationships throughout ±eldwork e.g. hosts, sponsors, co researchers, participants in collaborative and participatory research c. Stay alert and disciplined during the more routine, middle phase of ±eldwork. d. ²ocus on pulling together a useful synthesis as ±eldwork draws to a close. Move from generating possibilities to verifying emergent patterns and con±rming themes. e.
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