Thoroughly revised, the Second Edition of A Guide to Qualitative Field Research provides novice researchers with comprehensive and accessible instructions for conducting qualitative field research. Using rich examples from classic ethnographies to help bring abstract principles alive, author Carol A. Bailey thoroughly explains the entire research process from selecting a topic to writing the final manuscript, and all of the steps in between!
New to the Second Edition:Offers Ten Techniques for Analyzing Data: Step-by-step instructions on how to use various techniques for analyzing data are provided that demystify what is often an overwhelming activity. There are three chapters devoted to ten techniques, including descriptions, typologies, taxonomies, visual representations, themes, story telling, critical events, and analytic induction.; Provides Increased Coverage of Ethics: Ethical issues in field research are examined, including the American Sociological Association's Code of Ethics in a new Chapter 2. This coverage illuminates that ethical concerns are always present and ethical dilemmas are not always easily resolved.; Includes New Discussions of Paradigms: More coverage of paradigms is given as well as their implications for the research enterprise, sampling, reflexivity, member checks, triangulation, and criteria for evaluating field research. This new edition has been significantly reorganized and expanded with a greater focus on the role of theory.
Clearly written, this accessible text is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying qualitative methods and evaluation research across the social sciences.
Chapter 12: Evaluation Criteria and Final Manuscript
Evaluation Criteria and Final Manuscript
Sooner or later, all good things must come to an end, and the same holds true for field research. You have formulated important research questions and rigorously planned and implemented a methodology designed to bring your work to fruition. Prepared with a theoretical background and informed by reading the literature on your topic, you gathered and analyzed data, eventually drawing from it what you believe to be important conclusions. Now you confront the last and most difficult task faced by the researcher: how to incorporate your preparation, data, and analysis into a final manuscript designed to present your work and findings to an audience that will unquestionably judge the fruits of your labors.
Given what has ...