The Second Edition of An Applied Guide to Research Designs offers researchers in the social and behavioral sciences guidance for selecting the most appropriate research design to apply in their study. Using consistent terminology, the authors visually present a range of research designs used in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods to help readers conceptualize, construct, test, and problem solve in their investigation. The Second Edition features revamped and expanded coverage of research designs, new real-world examples and references, a new chapter on action research, and updated ancillaries.

Ethnographic Perspective

Ethnography is an approach that was developed to describe cultures; this includes any culture that shares group characteristics such as values, beliefs, or ideas. The ethnographic researcher is interested in understanding another way of life from the point of view of the participants who make up the culture or group being studied. Because this perspective is based on understanding anything associated with human behavior and belief, it is well-suited for the fields of education and the social and behavioral sciences, including more recent areas of study like the research of culture and its relation to the Internet (see Hine, 2015).

Ethnography can be defined as research designed to describe and analyze the social life and culture of a particular social system, based on ...

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