Participant Observation A Guide for Fieldworkers | Edition: 2
Author: Kathleen M. DeWalt, Billie R. DeWalt
publisher: AltaMira Press
publisher Date: 12/16/2010
Schools: Temple University，Minnersota State University at Mankato，University of Nevada - Las Vegas，Louislana State University，Penn State University，University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Description: Participant observation is the foundation of ethnographic research design and supports and complements other types of qualitative and quantitative data collection. Qualitative research in such diverse areas as anthropology, sociology, education, and medicine draws on the insights gained through the use of participant observation. The authors have written a guide to the systematic collection of data in naturalistic settings-communities in many different cultures-to achieve an understanding of the most fundamental processes and patterns of social life. This book serves as a basic primer for the beginning researcher and as a useful reference and guide for experienced researchers in many fields who wish to reexamine their own skills and abilities in light of best practices of participant observation.This new edition includes discussions of participant observation in nontypical settings, such as the Internet, participant observation in applied research, and ethics of participant observation. It also explores in greater depth the use of computer-assisted analysis of textual data, issues of sampling, and linking method with theory.