Ethnographic Case Study:
Apply the ethnographic research methods learned in class to help determine the level of disaster preparedness of the San Jose neighborhoods of Japantown and Hensley.
Time frame: September – December 2016
Course: Ethnographic Research Methods; Grade: A
Methods: Participant observation, interview, qualitative data coding and analysis
Define research goals:
How prepared are the residents of Japantown and Hensley for a disaster?
Observe residents and layout of a section of Japantown
Write script protocol
Gain informed consent
Interview a resident of Japantown
Code data and determine themes.
Synthesize the data and present a poster for the client, which was Japantown Prepared
Determined people needed to be better prepared and that preparedness was influenced by various socio-economic factors.