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Learning from the Field
A Guide from Experience


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Child Development | Ethnography

296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this volume Professor Whyte compiles information gathered from his vast experience in field research. The book provides invaluable information for the student - it covers a broad range of research, with many examples to illustrate findings. The author shows not only how to gather data, but how, and why, relevant data should be selected and gives a realistic picture of problems encountered by the field researcher.
 
Purpose and Focus of this Book
 
Participant Observation
Rationale and Roles

 
 
Planning the Project and Entering the Field
 
Field Relations
 
Observational Methods
 
Interviewing Strategy and Tactics
 
Recording, Indexing and Evaluating Interview Data
 
Integrating Methods in Team Research
 
Using History in Social Research
 
Types of Applied Social Research
 
Ethics in Field Research and Publication
 
Focusing the Study and Analyzing the Data
 
From Data Analysis to Reshaping Conceptual Schemes
 
Scheme and Styles of Social Research

William Foote Whyte

William Foote Whyte, a sociology professor known for his work with urban gangs, died July 16. He was eighty-six. A 1936 graduate of Swarthmore, he earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. He began teaching on the Hill in 1948 as one of the first ILR professors. The title of his autobiography, Participant Observer, reflects his approach to academia--that a researcher can be a positive force for social change. "If there is a common theme in my work, it is my commitment to social exploration," he wrote. "Fieldwork fascinates me. I want to explain what is out there." ... More About Author