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Culturally Competent ResearchUsing Ethnography as a Meta-Framework$
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Mo Yee Lee and Amy Zaharlick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199846597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199846597.001.0001

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Acquiring Cultural Knowledge

Acquiring Cultural Knowledge

(p.43) 3 Acquiring Cultural Knowledge
Culturally Competent Research

Mo Yee Lee

Amy Zaharlick

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents ethnography as a helpful way to acquire understanding of the culture and cultural knowledge of people outside one’s own cultural context, either a “foreign” culture or a subgroup within one’s own culture. Ethnography is understood as a theoretically driven, systematic approach to the study of a social group’s everyday life that allows the researcher to understand and see the sociocultural world of a social group from the members’ own perspectives. The chapter concludes with describing the characteristics of research when ethnography is used as a meta-framework for culturally competent research. The meta-framework allows the researcher to explore, define, and refine questions and adjust the study design and research techniques to be inclusive of a diverse range of research methodologies including both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Keywords:   ethnography, study design, meta-framework, cultural knowledge, research methodologies

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