Learning from Research: Getting More from Your Data

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It's not easy to carry out an ethnographic study, particularly when the topic deals with sensitive areas, and Jan knew that locating key individuals, obtaining access to materials, institutions and organizations would require careful negotiation and consideration. And it would require time. She did not embark on the topic without extensive consultation, discussion with colleagues, reading about ways other research had been carried out and discussing pitfalls with ethnographers who had successfully completed and reported on their investigations. She was committed to her topic which, as we have said, involved the search for meaning and it seemed to her, and to her advisers, that the ethnographic approach was the best, and probably the only way for the investigation to proceed. So on reflection, was that the best way to explore meaning and belief systems?
The three research questions
You'll recall that she started with three basic questions, which were:
In what ways has a particular view of truancy produced specific perceptions and responses to youth and compulsory education?

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