Ethnography versus case study: positioning research and researchers

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White, Julie, Drew, Sarah and Hay, Trevor (2009) Ethnography versus case study: positioning research and researchers. Qualitative Research Journal, 9 (1). pp. 18-27. ISSN 1443-9883


In this paper we narrate a story of working on a large project funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant—the ‘Keeping Connected: Young People, Identity and Schooling’ project.1 The purpose of the study is to consider the social connection and schooling of young people who have experienced long-term chronic illness. While the research involves both quantitative and qualitative elements, the qualitative component is the largest and involves the most researcher time and diversity. At an early stage of the project, three of the researchers working on the qualitative team consider why the study was framed as a series of case studies rather than as ethnography. The second issue considered in this paper is the different approaches to data collection, data analysis and truth claims we might take.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3316/QRJ0901018
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning
Keywords ethnography, case study, funded research, methodology, narrative
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