Research 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 standards.
 

Ethnographic Methodology
 
1. How long was the field residence? What social scenes were observed? Which participants were interviewed?
 
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 strategies employed?
 
7. Is the evidence presented, such as the use of participants' language, appropriate for an inductive analysis?
 
8. Are the limitations of the data collection strategies recognized?
 
9. How was corroboration of data accomplished?