Article Critique Assignment
- (link 7) standards of adequacy for ethnographic methodology
- Standards of Adequacy for
- Ethnographic Methodology
- Quoted from McMillian, J. and Schumacher, S. (1997). Research
in education: A conceptual introduction (4th edition), p.
458. NY: HarpersCollins College Publishers.
- Standards for assessing the quality of
ethnographic studies differ from those applied to quantitative
studies. Many ethnographic studies are published as books or
reports rather than as journal articles. Studies published in
journals are highly synthesized or only one of many findings
is reported to fit the procedures that should be explicit in
the full study.
- A reader appraises the quality of an ethnographic
study in four aspects: the focus and purpose of the study, the
research design and methodology, the presentation of the findings
and conclusions, and the contribution to educational research
and knowledge. The focus of the criteria below is on methodology
- 1. How long was the field
residence? What social scenes were observed? Which participants
- 2. Were the selection
criteria reasonable for the purpose of the study?
- 3. What was the research
role assumed by the ethnographer?
- 4. How did this research
role affect data collection?
- 5. What was the training,
background, and previous field work experience of the ethnographer?
- 6. Did the ethnographer
actively seek different perspectives? Were multiple data collection
- 7. Is the evidence presented,
such as the use of participants' language, appropriate for an
- 8. Are the limitations
of the data collection strategies recognized?
- 9. How was corroboration
of data accomplished?