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Observational & Ethnographic Methods

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This live online Zoom course introduces you to ethnographic methods and observation which are valuable techniques in qualitative research.

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This live online Zoom course introduces you to ethnographic methods and observation which are valuable techniques in qualitative research where the focus is on understanding in great depth the meanings, views, behaviours, beliefs and actions of a particular culture, group or organisation. Ethnography typically involves extended periods of time ‘in the field’, while participant observation and observational techniques can also be used to examine groups and cultures in a shorter time period and alongside other methods.

We also look at examples of what Wall (2004) calls ‘focused ethnography’ in order to examine how observational methods can be used in a shorter timescale than a ‘traditional’ ethnography, and in applied settings in order to understand for example organisational cultures and behaviours. I draw on my experiences of conducting ethnographic research with the police and boy racers to demonstrate the benefits and drawbacks of these approaches.

This training includes practical elements such as workshop discussions, observations, writing field notes and reflecting on these.

We typically cover:

- The history of ethnography and participant observation

- The principles and techniques of ethnography

- Practicalities of fieldwork

- An intro to new approaches: virtual ethnography, go-along methods, sensory ethnography

- ‘Focused ethnography’ in applied settings

- Accessing the field, gatekeepers and building rapport

- Recording data

- The importance of an inductive and reflexive approach

- Ethics

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Organiser The Qualitative Researcher - Dr Karen Lumsden

Organiser of Observational & Ethnographic Methods

Qualitative researcher / trainer / consultant / coach

Karen has over 15 years experience in academia as a qualitative researcher and social scientist. She has a PhD in Sociology, Masters in Social Research, PGCE in Higher Education Learning & Teaching, and MA (Hons.) in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen. She is currently Assistant Professor in Criminology at the University of Nottingham. Karen has held academic posts at the University of Aberdeen, Loughborough University, University of Abertay Dundee and University of Leicester.

She conducts research in various areas including policing, bereavement, victims, and digital media offences including online misogyny, harassment and trolling.

Karen's expertise and work also includes the delivery of qualitative research methods and academic skills training for a variety of experts and audiences such as: academia, government, charities, the voluntary sector, policy makers and police services:

- Delivering qualitative research training and academic skills training to academics and practitioners.
- Coaching and mentoring for Masters students, doctoral students, and academics.
- Research projects and reports:
- Advising on or completing research projects which involve a strong qualitative element.
- Advising on or completing research projects on: online misogyny, online victimisation, or online hate.
- Delivering training on how to counter online misogyny and trolling which can be tailored to organisational requirements.

For further information about Karen's work visit: www.qualitativetraining.com or email karen@qualitativetraining.com

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