Analysis and Interpretation of Ethnographic Data: A Mixed by Margaret D. LeCompte University of Colorado Boulder, Jean

By Margaret D. LeCompte University of Colorado Boulder, Jean J. Schensul Institute for Community Research

This is publication five of seven within the Ethnographer's Toolkit, moment Edition.

Treating research as either a mechanical and a cognitive approach, publication five starts by means of describing why research and interpretation of information are important. within the first chapters the e-book issues out the significance of starting ethnographic research within the box, through the earliest phases of information assortment, and the way to maneuver among induction and deduction, the concrete and the summary, in a strategy knowledgeable by way of an rising and more and more sophisticated conceptual version. the center part tackles the problem of reworking large piles of textual content, audio, and visible details into
an ethnographic entire via primary and particular coding and quantification of qualitative info, utilizing a number of prolonged examples. Chapters express the way to use desktops in research of qualitative information and how you can combine the result of quantitative and qualitative facts right into a accomplished photograph of a fancy entire. bankruptcy nine provides a unprecedented and complete description of the statistics
regularly utilized by ethnographers to investigate ethnographic surveys. Chapters 10 and eleven convey how researchers create after which fine-tune initial effects into an built-in entire, exhibit them for a number of audiences, and write them up. the ultimate bankruptcy illustrates how ethnographers can percentage the which means of effects with neighborhood groups and components and with different specialist researchers.

Other books within the set:

Book 1:
Designing and accomplishing Ethnographic learn: An advent, moment Edition
by Margaret D. LeCompte and Jean J. Schensul

Book 2:
Initiating Ethnographic examine: A combined tools Approach
by Stephen L. Schensul, Jean J. Schensul, and Margaret D. LeCompte

Book 3:
Essential Ethnographic equipment: A combined tools strategy, moment Edition
by Jean J. Schensul and Margaret D. LeCompte

Book 4:
Specialized Ethnographic tools: A combined equipment Approach
edited by means of Jean J. Schensul and Margaret D. LeCompte

Book 6:
Ethics in Ethnography: A combined tools Approach
by Margaret D. LeCompte and Jean J. Schensul

Book 7:
Ethnography in motion: A combined tools Approach
by Jean J. Schensul and Margaret D. LeCompte

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Thus, interpretation gives answers to some of the most important questions researchers ask. Some of these interpretive questions amplify data that have been obtained with descriptive questions designed simply to map out a phenomenon. Interpretive questions can seek both local and broader explanations. Those seeking local explanations include: ■ ■ ■ ■ Definition: Analysis describes what has been found Definition: Interpretation explains the findings Why are people acting like this? What is the meaning of these activities to them?

5 into a pattern called “respect” produced a “local” explanation, or one that was offered by the Learning Circle parents and children. Extending an interpretation of the results by answering the questions above permitted the Learning Circle ethnographers to describe to a reader what the story means in the context of Native American and white relationships in the public schools. Thus, to make sense to all consumers of research, interpretation must produce both an emic and an etic explanation. Emic interpretations are local; they make the ethnographer’s story meaningful to insiders, or the local people who have been studied.

Sometimes what seemed obviously true at the beginning of a study becomes equally obviously not true in the light of subsequent negative evidence—instances, events, behavior, or other facts that disconfirm what the ethnographers initially found. indb 27 8/21/12 1:08 PM 28 C HAP T E R 2 or disconfirming cases inform the ethnographer’s understanding is worthwhile, because these cases sometimes provide the strongest argument for refining or modifying the research. They also remind researchers that there is considerable variation in the way people go about their business, conduct daily activities in a community, and interpret what they mean.

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