The context in education qualitative and ethnographic research developed in education in the late 1970s ethnographic researchers drew on theory and methods in anthropology and sociology creating a distinction between ethnography of education work undertaken by anthropologists and sociologists and ethnography in education work undertaken by educators to address educational issues. Is often seen as a specific form of qualitative inquiry to be compared or contrasted with others for example with life history work or discourse analysis though even the boundaries with these neighbours are somewhat fuzzy yet ethnographic work sometimes includes the use of quantitative data and analysis so that it may not be. Problems of reliability and validity in ethnographic research margaret d lecompte houston independent school district and judith preissle goetz university of georgia although problems of reliability and validity have been explored thoroughly by experimenters and other quantitative researchers their treatment by eth. Ethnography observational research and narrative inquiry ethnography provides a detailed exploration of group activity and may include literature about and or by the group it is an approach which employs multiple methodologies to arrive at a observation in the studied groups natural setting is a key aspect of qualitative research the. Collectively qualitative research is a group of methodologies with each approach offering a different lens though which to explore understand interpret or explain phenomena in real word contexts and settings this article will provide an overview of one of the many qualitative approaches ethnography and its relevance to healthcare we will use an exemplar based on a study that used
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