Research in Constructivist Frameworks Using Ethnographic Techniques

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    This article discusses the undertaking of research using a constructivist philosophical framework and ethnographic techniques, which can include individual interviews, focus groups, observation, and questionnaires. It begins with a broad overview of social sciences research philosophy, discussing both positivism and interpretivism, before moving on to focus on the constructivist paradigm, which comes under the interpretivist umbrella. The section on ethnography follows and includes sampling, data collection techniques, and data analysis. Examples from the author's work are used to illustrate both philosophy and method. They are from the author's studies of the information-seeking behavior of, firstly, women with breast cancer and, secondly, online investors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-101
    Number of pages19
    JournalLibrary Trends
    Volume55
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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