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Fieldwork is the study of people acting in the natural courses of their daily lives.
Participant observation is fieldwork in which researchers study groups by participating as third party independent observers.
Participant observation studies are best used when a setting has been so explored that formal hypotheses have been developed.
Grounded theory is a set of explanations that has immediate relevance to a specific field setting under investigation.
In all participant observer studies, the researcher gathers data while taking part in the activities of a group--while concealing his or her research identity.
In unobtrusive measurement, accretions are evidence of the wear or use of objects.
Ethnography is research in which the investigator participates, overtly or covertly, in people's lives for an extended period of time.
Ethnomethodology (a.k.a. the 'new ethnography') is the study of extraordinary or traumatic events that affect everyday life.
Community studies examine a whole community of people, usually in a small town or village, or possibly as part of a larger town.
he interpretive approach is a method that identifies communicators' interactions to determine such things as the situations in which people find themselves, the structures within which they work, and the practical features of their world.