Seminar on Ethnographic Research: Principles, Practices and Skills

Date :

2019-10-23 (Wednesday)

Time :

09:30 - 12:30

Venue :

Room 1107, 11/F., VTC Tower


3 hours

Medium of Instruction :

Cantonese with English Materials

Category :

Pedagogy and Assessment - Subject Knowledge

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About the Event :

Ethnographic research is a comprehensive qualitative research approach that is increasingly used in various academic disciplines and widely applied for investigating human culture and community. It encourages researchers to develop their understanding on the real-life environment through observation and interaction with research participants.

This seminar provides a critical introduction of ethnographic research in relation to its controversial epistemological debates, major methodological issues and practical concerns. The speaker will share his ethnographic encounters and experiences from the fieldworks to demonstrate the immediate research challenges and appropriate coping research strategies and skills in the research process. The overall objective of this seminar is to provide insights on the application of ethnographic research in the development of grounded theory. 

Facilitator(s) :

Prof Cheung Siu Keung

Professor of Department of Sociology, Director of Industrial Attachment, & Programme Leader of Experiential Learning, Hong Kong Shue Yan University 

Cheung Siu Keung is Professor of Sociology at Hong Kong Shue Yan University. He is the author of Gender and Community under British Colonialism: Emotion, Struggle, and Politics in a Chinese Village (New York: Routledge, 2012), and the chief editor of Special Issues Series on Hong Kong Social and Cultural Studies. He co-edited Social Transformations in Chinese Societies (House journal of Hong Kong Sociological Association), Marginalization in China: Recasting Minority Politics (New York: Palgrave, 2009), China's Rise to Power: (New York: Palgrave, 2012), and wrote a number of journal articles and book chapters in the field of Hong Kong culture and society.

Intended Learning Outcomes :

Seminar Objectives:

• Illustrate the methodological strength of ethnographic research

• Develop ethnographic research with appropriate research designs, strategies and skills

• Facilitate the presentation of ethnographic research findings in appropriate format

Target Audience :

All VTC Staff

Enquiry :

Ms LUK Wing Yin, Fiona
Project Officer
Tel: 2919-1559

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