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ERIC Number: ED248173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-10
Pages: 146
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Computers in Ethnographic Research. Final Report.
Bolton, Ralph
The purpose of this research project was to identify ethnographers who had used computers in the field to record and analyze qualitative data. To locate such individuals a literature search was conducted, an announcement was placed in the "Anthropology Newsletter," anthropology computer specialists were contacted, a special symposium was conducted, and questionnaires were sent to anthropology department heads. The results were all negative. Excerpts provided from the letters from the anthropology department heads show that computers are used either in conjunction with textbooks or sometimes in field work, but not both. In the field, usage involves statistical analysis, rather than recording of qualitative field notes. The research project also surveyed recent Ph.D.'s in anthropology to determine the methods they use in the field to record and process their field notes. Vignettes from that survey and a paper describing the results are provided in the appendices. Additional items in the appendices are a bibliography of anthropological uses of computers and the field notes survey instrument. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Qualitative Research; Quantitative Research