Designing and Implementing Culturally Competent Research

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:
Designing and Implementing Culturally Competent Research

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This chapter discusses issues pertaining to research design and implementation of a culturally competent study from an ethnographic perspective. An ethnographic approach embraces a wide range of research designs that are appropriate and effective in answering research questions. Research design begins with framing the study; developing research questions; selecting culturally appropriate research strategies, tools, and techniques; and considering the most relevant sampling strategies. Culturally competent implementation of research requires active and ongoing interaction, engagement, and consultation with key members of the study group including gaining access to research participants and the research community and collecting data. An ethnographic approach requires flexibility on the part of the researcher to adjust the study to the newly unfolding field situation or discovered knowledge and understandings of the cultural group or phenomenon under investigation.

Keywords: research design; ethnographic approach; culturally competent research; research strategies; cultural group; sampling

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