Enc1102 -starting field research

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Enc1102 -starting field research

  1. 1. Starting yourField Research
  2. 2. Why conduct field research? To create knowledge To enhance credibility To establish your niche To support your argument
  3. 3. Observation
  4. 4. Observations Determine purpose What are you looking for? Determine a system for recording data: When, where, who, what, how often? Record the date, time, and place of all observations
  5. 5. Interview
  6. 6. Interview Determine your purpose? Why is it useful to your research question? Why is that person/s credible? Set up interview in advance. Prepare a list of questions (factual and open-ended) Record the subject, date, time, and place Thank your interviewee
  7. 7. Questionnaire
  8. 8. Questionnaire Write out your purpose and review your research question Figure out how many respondents you need Draft potential questions. Each question must require a short, specific answer Open ended vs. Closed questions Identify who you will survey and why they are relevant to your question
  9. 9. Focus Groups Can get multiple perspectives Establish a conversation See how a group of people react to a particular issue Generate data for further analysis You can use focus groups in conjunction with interviews and surveys
  10. 10. If you are conducting research with human subjects…Complete CITI training. Go to:https://www.citiprogram.org/default.asp?language=english---Register for an account, and complete training for: Group 2: Social & Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel---Print completion page and turn in with your final project.
  11. 11. Before your conference Read Chapter 11 in your textbook, and complete Proposal Part II Bring proposal to your conference so that we can discuss your study The next time that we will meet as a class will be Friday, 3/30. Don’t skip that day! Bring whatever progress you’ve made on your field research (which should be a lot!).

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