ERIC Number: ED190630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Mapping Technique for the Analysis of Ethnographic Data.
Zigarmi, Patricia; Goldstein, Marcia
A mapping procedure was used to analyze a massive amount of narrative data which was collected from observations of the implementation of an intervention. Mapping is the procedure of locating interventions in relation to one another conceptually, as a map does physically. As the data were analyzed, classifications and groupings of interventions emerged. The steps involved in mapping included: (1) identifying a framework for analysis; (2) reading the data to find actions or events affecting intervention; (3) describing each intervention; (4) placing each intervention on a map (training, support structures, university collaboration, evaluation, dissemination, etc.); (5) placing interventions in relation to each other; (6) listing incidents in chronological order for each strategy mapped; and (7) editing. As a result of this project, several guidelines were developed: understand the effort before starting to map; allot enough time; have two people do the mapping; maintain a constant frame of reference; and protect the confidentiality of data sources. Mapping, in this case, reduced qualitative ethnographic data and contributed toward a theory of intervention. It helped to provide a systematic overview of the implementation effort and pointed out problems associated with the intervention and the ethnographers' data. (GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Identifiers: Mapping; Qualitative Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, CA, April 8-12, 1979).