IAwiki: Ethnographic Research
"Ethnography is the art and science of describing a group or culture. The description may be of a small tribal group in an exotic land or a classroom in middle-class suburbia." --David M. Fetterman, 1998.
2. Techniques of EthnographicResearch
3. SamplingMethods - aka who to study?
4. Additional Articles and Links
5. Questions for IAs
Ethnography is a social science research method which relies heavily on up-close, personal experience and possible participation (ie. not just observation), using a blend of historical, observational, and interview methods, with an end product of a narrative description of the group studied.
Typical ethnographic research employs three kinds of data collection:
2. observation, and
This in turn produces three kinds of data:
2. descriptions, and
3. excerpts of documents.
Which once analysed and considered results in one product: narrative description. This narrative often includes charts, diagrams and additional artifacts that help to tell "the story".