Ethnographic Research

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the systematic, rigorous investigation of a situation or problem in order to generate new knowledge or validate existing knowledge. Research in health care takes place in a variety of areas and has many potential benefits; the areas include professional practice, environmental issues affecting health, vitality, treatments, theory development, health care economics, and many others. Health care research can be conducted by one group of professionals for generation of knowledge specific to that group, or by a diverse group of researchers collaborating on a given health care problem.
applied research scientific investigations conducted to answer specific clinical questions or solve practice-related problems.
basic research scientific investigation that involves the generation of new knowledge or development of new theories; its results often cannot be applied directly to specific clinical situations.
correlational research the systematic investigation of relationships among two or more variables, without necessarily determining cause and effect.
descriptive research research that provides an accurate portrayal of characteristics of a particular individual, situation, or group. These studies are a means of discovering new meaning, describing what exists, determining the frequency with which something occurs, and categorizing information.
ethnographic research the investigation of a culture through an in-depth study of the members of the culture; it involves the systematic collection, description, and analysis of data for development of theories of cultural behavior.
experimental research objective, systematic, controlled investigation for the purpose of predicting and controlling phenomena and examining probability and causality among selected variables.
exploratory research studies that are merely formative, for the purpose of gaining new insights, discovering new ideas, and increasing knowledge of phenomena.
grounded theory research a research approach designed to discover what problems exist in a given social environment and how the persons involved handle them; it involves formulation, testing, and reformulation of propositions until a theory is developed.
historical research research involving analysis of events that occurred in the remote or recent past.
phenomenological research an inductive, descriptive research approach developed from phenomenological philosophy; its aim is to describe an experience as it is actually lived by the person.
qualitative research research dealing with phenomena that are difficult or impossible to quantify mathematically, such as beliefs, meanings, attributes, and symbols; it may involve content analysis.
quantitative research research involving formal, objective information about the world, with mathematical quantification; it can be used to describe test relationships and to examine cause and effect relationships.
The observation of and interaction with persons or a group being studied in the group's own environment, often for long periods of time
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Through the combination of the survey and ethnographic research, set to be presented not only through academic papers but multimedia as well, Mitchell and her team believe that the insights gained through the study could pinpoint specific issues currently hindering national women's engagement in society.
As the community manager of ABC Pool, I incorporate my ethnographic research observations into the project to develop the experience for the users, and the management techniques of the Pool team.
In addition, Ortner offers little discussion of her own ethnographic research and relies heavily on theory as well as the work of her contemporaries to get her point across.
Their topics include conducting ethnographic research on the teaching of science in the urban setting, assessing the effects of urban conditions on the science classroom, evaluating the impact of the teacher and of student participation, attaining gender equality, maximizing resources, and considering social and cultural capital in curriculum intended for the urban science classroom.
By drawing attention to how theories from different domains of interest have coalesced to bring into being a new way of approaching ethnographic research, that of vortical postmodern ethnography, the paper makes conscious an instance of evolution in theorizing.
This article describes a pilot ethnographic research course, life history project designed in collaboration with a professor in Family Social Science and two ESL basic writing instructors.
What makes Light Minds' consultancy services unique is the use of social science based Ethnographic Research to uncover previously unknown customer needs.
LeCompte and Schensul (1999) for example in their highly regarded volume, Designing and conducting ethnographic research, identify seven features which distinguish ethnographic research from other qualitative traditions.
These in-depth interviews were apart of the ethnographic research for my Doctor of Ministry thesis.
Based on examination of legal statutes and ethnographic research in an Amerindian (Cabecar) community, this paper describes Costa Rican government policy with respect to its indigenous inhabitants and the impact of the policy on such communities.
Engage in the kinds of ethnographic research that many manufacturers are using to gain a deeper understanding of what is driving consumers' shopping and buying choices.
One promising possibility is ethnographic research, a technique developed by anthropologists.