A Synthesis of Ethnographic Research

Paper by Michael Genzuk, Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research, University of Southern California.

Observational research is not a single thing. The decision to employ field methods in gathering informational data is only the first step in a decision process that involves a large number of options and possibilities. Making the choice to employ field methods involves a commitment to get close to the subject being observed in its natural setting, to be factual and descriptive in reporting what is observed, and to find out the points of view of participants in the domain observed.

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