Overcoming Fieldwork Challenges in Social Science and Higher Education Research

Overcoming Fieldwork Challenges in Social Science and Higher Education Research

Abir El Shaban (US-CAN-CALL Consulting, Canada)
ISBN13: 9781799858263|ISBN10: 179985826X|EISBN13: 9781799858270|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5826-3


Conducting social science and education research studies that require involvement in fieldwork is not an easy task at all. Many graduate students and novice researchers face difficulties conducting the practical aspects of their research in fieldwork efficiently and effectively. Part of that may be due to the lack of finding and/or accessing authentic and realistic descriptions of some of the previously conducted fieldwork experiences and processes. This could be the case whether the research is going to be on a virtual platform or in a real and actual context. Therefore, the goal of this book is to shed light on important experiences that portray the successes and the pitfalls of the personal experiences of field workers. The textbook draws on the experiences of conducting fieldwork in different contexts and world regions that are part of social science and education studies. The diverse experiences in research processes and contexts that this book brings can provide graduate students and novice researchers with an authentic and realistic description of how research data are collected, the tools needed to envision some of the challenges that they might face, and how to effectively solve them.

Graduate students and novice researchers who are planning to conduct their research studies with humans in different contexts would appreciate learning more about other colleagues and researchers’ experiences (accessibility to the fieldwork, traps in the fieldwork, delays because of the fieldwork, challenges in the fieldwork …etc.) Learning about such challenges before entering any fieldwork might reduce the level of anxiety that graduate students and novice researchers encounter during the process and they might learn from their colleagues’ previous experiences how to avoid some of the challenges and effectively solve them.

Thus, this book covers the hidden portraits of fieldwork processes by covering briefly and clearly six different yet interrelated sections, which are: 1) The name of the research study and a brief summary of the goal(s) of the conducted research study so the reader can create an overall idea about the nature of that research; 2) The context of the research study (i.e. the region, higher education setting, schools, public spaces, online); 3) The challenge(s) they faced; 4) The solution(s) they utilized; 5) The impact(s) they had, found, and/or felt; 6) Suggestions of what can be done differently for future endeavors.

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