“Just another dad on his cellphone”: Evernote as Field Notebook

Editor's note: What is the "right way" to take and organize research fieldnotes? In this guest post, David Keyes explores his fieldnote hang-ups and shares how he came to understand his own "right way" with Evernote. Whether you do it the old-fashioned way with a notebook and pen, or rely on new technologies, David concludes that … Continue reading “Just another dad on his cellphone”: Evernote as Field Notebook

10 Distinctive Qualities of Qualitative Research

Research Design Review

Researchers conduct qualitative research because they acknowledge the human condition and want to learn more, and think differently, about a research issue than what is usual from mostly numerical quantitative survey research data.  Not surprisingly, the unique nature odistinctive characteristicsf qualitative inquiry is characterized by a distinctive set of attributes, all of which impact the design of qualitative research one way or the other.  The 10 unique attributes of qualitative research* are the:

  1. Absence of “truth” With all the emphasis in qualitative research on reality and the human condition, it might be expected that qualitative inquiry is in the business of garnering “the truth” from participants.  Instead of “truth,” the qualitative researcher collects information from which some level of knowledge can be gained.  The researcher does not acquire this information and knowledge in a vacuum but rather in a context and, in this way, the research data are a product…

View original post 821 more words

A Review of the SfAA 2013 Text Analysis Workshop by Lance Gravlee and Amber Wutich

The following is a review of a workshop I attended at the March 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology conference on Text Analysis (i.e., the interpretation of data from things like transcripts, books, diaries, emails, artifacts, images, events, and basically any other object or observation of human behavior and creation). The workshop was put on by … Continue reading A Review of the SfAA 2013 Text Analysis Workshop by Lance Gravlee and Amber Wutich

Research design: online chats vs. face-to-face group discussions

There is a lot of talk these days about online qualitative research. I recall a meeting from late last year during which some coworkers discussed the possible advantages of online research over traditional methods like group discussions (aka focus groups) and in-depth interviews. They were particularly interested in the potential to save time and money … Continue reading Research design: online chats vs. face-to-face group discussions

Lessons learned: the challenges of moderating non-English-speaking focus groups

image by eyewrisz Last Thursday I had the opportunity to moderate my first ever Spanish-language focus group as part of a current project on community revitalization in three Memphis neighborhoods. For this project, my partner and I are conducting two to three informal focus groups (we are calling them "discussion circles" so as to make … Continue reading Lessons learned: the challenges of moderating non-English-speaking focus groups