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SOCECOL 194W- Midterm Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 16 pages long!)


Department
Social Ecology
Course Code
SOCECOL 194W
Professor
Daniel Yates
Study Guide
Midterm

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UC-Irvine
SOCECOL 194W
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Lecture 1
Benefits of qualitative research
In depth understanding of the phenomena being studied
Allows for fuller development of info
Allows for interpretation, summary, and integration of data
If done carefully, explores processes in their natural setting vs. questionnaire
Getting started
What are the norms that govern interaction in public spaces?
Code of the streetsAnderson: Studied an urban community
Residents: social order, local knowledge, expectations within a particular setting
Fieldwork or field research
Methods: interviews and field observations
Qs
o What are people doing?
o How, exactly do they do this?
o What specific means and/or strategies do they use?
o How do members talk about, characterize, and understand what is going on?
o What do I see going on here?
o What can I describe about the setting?
Interviews
A guided conservation aimed at eliciting rich detailed materials from the subject; seeks to
discover aspects of experience
Structuredmost common, research has some knowledge, likely from observation
Unstructuredresearcher is less likely to know what types of Qs to ask, open-ended Es,
interviewee guides and shapes the interview
FIeldnotes
Writing down in a systematic way what is observed and learned
Written record of your observations and experiences
Recording activities as close to occurrences as possible
Observing and writing about certain events will help to focus later observations and guide your
research
Settings and field work
Describing a particular culture/event/setting
Knowledge people use to generate and interpret social behavior
o Can occur at both the individual and group level
Learned behavior or actions
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Understanding
Social relationships
Examples of types of social setting include bars, churches..
o With intent on recording situations, events, behaviors, ideas
We are trying to understand the knowledge/behavior of the individual/group, or actors within a
social setting
Goals
Describe
Classify
Compare
Explain similarities and differences
From your field work your develop
Theoretical and conceptual frameworks
Produce a written report
Intro
Methodology
Results
Discussion and conclusion
Discovery processviewing research as a process of discovery vs. theory driven
Learn by watching and listening to other people
Learning about the research process
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