ME:Eugene's guiding questions for the assigned readings

From: Eugene Matusov
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Date: 12 Oct 1996
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Hello everybody--

I prepared guiding questions for this week readings that may help you to read and discuss the papers. Let me know how helpful they are, please.


Olt, A., & Woodbridge, S. (1993). An assessment of learning through the qualitative analysis of fieldnotes. Presented at the "Conference on Assessment and Diversity." University of California, Santa Cruz: February 17-20.

Eugene's questions:

1. What were the fieldnotes cited in the paper focused on?

2. What was the research question presented in the paper?

3. How did fieldnotes of different undergraduate students contributed to the research?

4. What was the role of the students in working with kids? How do you feel about this role?

5. What were conclusions of and problems with the research?


Sanjek, R. (1990). On ethnographic validity. In R. Sanjek (Ed.), Fieldnotes: The Making of Anthropology. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Eugene's questions:

1. What is the method and purpose of ethnography?

2. What is the difference and relationship between validity and reliability?

3. How is evidence different from observation?

4. How does ethnographic research can be see differently by insiders and outsiders?

5. How to improve validity of an enthographic research according to Sanjek?


Wolcott, H.F. (1988). "Problem finding" in qualitative research. In H. Trueba & C. Delgado-Gaitan (Eds.), School and society: Learning through culture. New York: Praeger.

Eugene's questions:

1. What is the difference between qualitative and quantitative research?

2. How does theory relate to qualitative research according to Wolcott? Can be research done without theory?

3. What makes qualitative research objective, according to Wolcott?

4. Give an example qualitative but not ethnographic research.

5. What are the phases of qualitative research?