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 3: Prelude to Qualitative Fieldwork
Prelude to Qualitative Fieldwork
Now that you have received a broad overview of field research and gained an awareness of some of its ethical concerns, you are ready to learn specific details about planning a field research project. To that end, I provide suggestions for selecting a research topic, creating preliminary goals and research questions, reviewing the literature, and making final preparations.
Selecting a Research Topic
Researchers usually decide to conduct field research because they believe it is the best way to examine a particular setting, group, and social processes and structures that are of interest to them theoretically, personally, or academically. Fieldwork allows them to effectively seek in-depth answers, based on the perspectives of those in the setting, to research questions that intrigue ...