The revised edition of Research Methods in Africana Studies is a major contribution to the discipline of Africana studies and social science involving people of African descent in general. The first edition was the first of its kind, offering instruction on how to conduct culturally relevant critical research on Africana communities in the American context, in addition to the African diaspora. The revised edition contains a collection of the most widely used theories and paradigms designed for exploring, explaining, and advancing Africana communities through science. The relevance, strengths, and weaknesses of every major method of data collection are explained as they relate to the lived experiences of the Black world. It stands alone as the only textbook that details empirical methods in the service of the collective advancement of Africana peoples.
Chapter 12: Qualitative Field Research and Data Analysis
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QUALITATIVE FIELD RESEARCH AND DATA ANALYSIS
Observation is a widely used term in research methods. Observational techniques refer to the “collection of data through direct visual or auditory experience of behavior” (Monette, Sullivan, & DeJong, 2005, p. 218). Researchers may choose to use qualitative or quantitative observational techniques depending on the nature of what they are investigating. This chapter explores different types of qualitative methods and the circumstances under which each method is most useful. The strengths and weaknesses of each method will also be explained. Finally, we will explore the basic techniques for qualitative data analysis.