ERIC Number: ED204362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Ethnographers' Roles on the Research Process.
Metz, Mary Haywood
Ethnographic methods can be a valuable supplement to our understanding of the limits and possibilities of social science research by addressing the question of subjectivity directly. When ethnographers enter a social situation, they explain themselves and participants see them primarily in the role of fieldworker. But field researchers also have latent roles, such as learner (which may be affected by gender, age, or race), or an identity associated with the setting which has led him or her to research. The participant observer role also explicitly involves participation, including forming relationships with other participants. Part of the form of ethnography is that ethnographers should investigate and report the ways in which their visible latent roles and their emergent roles as fieldworkers shaped others' responses to them. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Participant Observation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).