Acquiring Cultural Knowledge

Mo Yee Lee and Amy Zaharlick

in Culturally Competent Research

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199846597
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315918 | DOI:
Acquiring Cultural Knowledge

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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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