Naturalistic Observation

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Left Coast Press, 2007 - Education - 137 pages
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Observation is one of the foundational methods of qualitative inquiry but only if it is conducted in a systematic fashion that allows for the careful recording of data and the consistent retrieval of those data for purposes of analysis. To that end, this book features a brief how-to guide to conducting observations in naturalistic settings. The history of observational research, ongoing questions of its epistemological status, the impact of new technologies, and its major ethical concerns are also treated. Replete with examples of observation-based research, questions for class discussion, a glossary, and extensive references, this volume offers a rapid fire start into doing naturalistic observational research for novices and students."

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Michael V. Angrosino is Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the United States and in the West Indies on topics including ethnic identity and cultural diversity, labor migration, mental health policy and service delivery, and the role of organized religion in secular society. He regularly teaches graduate seminars in qualitative methods and oral history. He has contributed major statements on observational research to the Handbook of Qualitative Research and the Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. He is the co-author of Field Projects in Anthropology and the editor of Doing Cultural Anthropology, two texts that feature hands-on exercises in conducting ethnographic research. A book on participant observation and a book on oral history methods are both currently in press.

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