A research team in ethnography

  • Woods P
  • Boyle M
  • Jeffrey B
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Abstract

There are signs that teams are becoming more popular in ethnographic research. Newtechnology and, in the UK, the Research Assessment Exercise have facilitated the establishment and continuance of teams. In this paper, the authors discuss their experiences in one particular research team in recent years. Securing adequate funding has been the essential structural prerequisite. The authors distinguishamong project, federated, and whole teams, depending on function and level of analysis. They consider team structure, approach, business, and processes, and the relationship between individual and team. Teamwork has enabled a wider and deeper coverage of work, a broader comparative base, and multiple researcher triangulation.The team provides a forum for the discussion of ethical issues, an immediate supportive reference group. It has opened up horizons, and promoted individual change and development. It has aided analysis and writing, and promoted clearer and more robust arguments. The article concludes with some caveats. Introduction

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Authors

  • Peter Woods

  • Mari Boyle

  • Bob Jeffrey

  • Geoff Troman

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