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Doing Ethnographic Research

Doing Ethnographic Research
Activities and Exercises

First Edition

September 2019 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This workbook is loaded with exercises, how-to sections and checklists, all designed to serve as a supplemental support for students to apply the principles and concepts learned from the textbook it accompanies. With instructions and explanations written in a conversational style, it will help the student understand why the assignments are being used, why the skills they are developing are relevant and how the exercises relate to the textbook content.

INSTRUCTORS! Doing Ethnographic Research: Activities and Exercises by Kimberly Kirner and Jan Mills is $5 when you bundle with the core text, Introduction to Ethnographic Research: A Guide for Anthropology. Use bundle ISBN: 978-1-5443-9989-8

1. The Basics of Research Design
Activity 1.1: Ways of Knowing (Personal Reflection)

Activity 1.2: Identifying Researchers’ Approach

Activity 1.3: Dependent and Independent Variables

Activity 1.4: Variables, Indicators, and Values

Activity 1.5: Operationalizing Definitions

Activity 1.6: Research Interest Reflection

Activity 1.7: Finding a Topic: Your Research Project

Chapter 1 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 1

2. Ethics
Activity 2.1: Personal Ethics Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 2.2: Operationalizing the AAA Code of Ethics

Activity 2.3: Exploring Relationships of Responsibility

Activity 2.4: Ethical Dilemmas

Activity 2.5: Research Design Decisions: Recruitment

Activity 2.6: Research Design Decisions: Positionality

Activity 2.7: Research Design Decisions: Risk Assessment and Management

Chapter 2 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 2

3. Sampling
Activity 3.1: Personal Sampling Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 3.2: Cultural Data versus Individual Attribute Data

Activity 3.3: NonProbability Sampling Plans

Activity 3.4: Critiquing the Choice of Informants

Activity 3.5: Probability Sampling Plans

Activity 3.6: Sampling Frames

Activity 3.7: Research Design Decisions: Sampling Plan

Chapter 3 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 3

4. Participant Observation
Activity 4.1: Participant Observation Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 4.2: Showing, Not Telling

Activity 4.3: Reflexivity

Activity 4.4: Introductory Participant Observation

Activity 4.5: Research Design Decisions: Anticipating Field Challenges and Planning for Where/When/How/What

Activity 4.6: Research Project: Participant Observation—Jottings

Chapter 4 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 4

5. Writing Field Notes
Activity 5.1: Writing Field Notes Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 5.2: Correcting Pitfalls

Activity 5.3: Selection: Inscribing Reality

Activity 5.4: Presentation: Inscribing Reality

Activity 5.5: Analytical Commentaries

Activity 5.6: Research Project: Writing Field Notes

Activity 5.7: Autoethnography

Chapter 5 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 5: Activity 5.6

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 5: Activity 5.7

6. Interviewing
Activity 6.1: Interviewing Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 6.2: Correcting Interview Questions

Activity 6.3: Constructing an Interview Guide for Peer Interviews

Activity 6.4: Constructing an Informed Consent Form for Peer Interviews

Activity 6.5: Peer Interviews

Activity 6.6: Research Design Decisions: Preparing an Interview Guide and a Consent Form

Activity 6.7: Research Project: Interviews

Chapter 6 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 6

7. Coding and Analysis
Activity 7.1: Coding and Analysis Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 7.2: Abbreviating, Coding, and Analysis

Activity 7.3: Inductive versus Deductive Coding

Activity 7.4: Manifest versus Latent Content

Activity 7.5: Content Analysis of TV Shows

Activity 7.6: Practicing Grounded Theory

Activity 7.7: Research Project: Coding and Analysis Using Grounded Theory

Activity 7.8: Writing Ethnographic Narrative

Chapter 7 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 7: Activity 7.7

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 7: Activity 7.8

8. Surveys and Mixed Methods Design
Activity 8.1: Reflections on User Experience Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 8.2: Mixed Methods Design

Activity 8.3: Triangulation

Activity 8.4: Practicing Constructing Survey Questions

Activity 8.5: Practicing Survey Distribution Decisions

Activity 8.6: Practicing Survey Data Analysis

Activity 8.7: Research Design Decisions: Constructing Survey Questions

Activity 8.8: Research Design Decisions: Preparing a Survey and Consent Page

Activity 8.9: Research Project: Survey Data Collection, Analysis, and Write-Up

Chapter 8 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 8

9. Cultural Domains: Modeling Cognition and Knowledge
Activity 9.1: My Taxonomies and Cultural Models Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 9.2: Practicing Folk Taxonomy Study Design

Activity 9.3: Practicing Folk Taxonomy Data Collection and Analysis

Activity 9.4: Practicing Cultural Models Study Design

Activity 9.5: Practicing Cultural Model Data Collection and Analysis

Activity 9.6: Practicing Decision-Tree Model Study Design

Activity 9.7: Practicing Decision-Tree Model Data Collection and Analysis

Activity 9.8: Research Design Decisions: Cultural Domains Study

Activity 9.9: Research Project: Cultural Domain Study

Chapter 9 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 9

10. Indirect Observation: Material Culture and Using Archives or Media
Activity 10.1: My Indirect Observation Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 10.2: Practicing Visual and Material Culture Study Design

Activity 10.3: Practicing Visual and Material Culture Collection and Analysis

Activity 10.4: Practicing Diary Study Design

Activity 10.5: Practicing Diary Study Collection and Analysis

Activity 10.6: Practicing Archival Study Design

Activity 10.7: Practicing Archival Study Collection and Analysis

Activity 10.8: Research Design Decisions: Selecting an Indirect Observation Study

Activity 10.9: Research Project: Indirect Observation Study

Chapter 10 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 10

11. Behavior and Context: Mapping and Passive Direct Observation
Activity 11.1: Behavior and Context Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 11.2: Practicing Participatory Mapping Study Design

Activity 11.3: Practicing Participatory Mapping

Activity 11.4: Practicing Mobility Mapping

Activity 11.5: Continuous Monitoring: Creating an Ethogram

Activity 11.6: Continuous Monitoring: Using an Ethogram and Writing

Activity 11.7: Research Design Decisions: Selecting a Behavior and Context Study

Activity 11.8: Research Project: Behavior and Context Study

Chapter 11 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 11

12. Putting It All Together: Culminating Experiences
Activity 12.1: Integrating Skills Self-Evaluation (Personal Reflection)

Activity 12.2: Human Subjects Protocol for Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Activity 12.3: Grant Proposal

Activity 12.4: Technical Report

Activity 12.5: Paper Presentation

Activity 12.6: Poster Presentation

Chapter 12 Reflection

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 12: Activity 12.2

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 12: Activity 12.3

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 12: Activity 12.4

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 12: Activity 12.5

Self- or Peer-Assessment for Chapter 12: Activity 12.6

Key features
Key Features:
  • Example and Non-Example Boxes that explain how to complete the exercise as well as what not to do.
  • Write-In Exercises that make this supplemental book act like a real field journal. 
  • Example Assignments that can be applied in any classroom setting or in an online environment.
  • Self-Reflection Questions that encourage inner development and thought to better your research. 
  • Templates that can be used in your ethnographic research, like the Grant Application Template that can be used to apply to grants for your research! 
  • Conversational-style approach that make it easy to use and understand, whether you are a professor, student or professional. 
  • Easy-to-use and easy-to-transport book that will accompany your Ethnographic Research! 

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