Gender Wage Gap in Workplace in USA. The primary research method used in this thesis is ethnography. Ethnography is a
research method that gives researchers the opportunity to study fundamental aspects of the
human experience through the use of participant observation (Murchison 2010). In an
ethnography, the researcher collects data through firsthand involvement with the research
subjects and their community. This firsthand involvement can be anything from observations,
informal conversations with the participants, and structured interviews. The value of
ethnography is that through participant observation, the researcher can “get to the heart of a
culture more quickly, grasping its essential institutions and structures” (Clifford 1988: 30). Since
ethnography requires that a researcher be the instrument of data collections by being in the
fieldsite as a participant observer, the method is often used to “discover and record different
types of information that are not readily obtainable through [other] methods like surveys”
(Clifford 1988; Murchison 2010: 12).
THE TOPIC I CHOSE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF SEMESTER IS THE GENDER WAGE/BENEFIT GAP IN WORKPLACE. PLEASE STICK WITH THE TOPIC.
Methodology (1 page for the first draft) – The main purpose of this section is to explain the way in which the study will be conducted. It should explicitly explain the methods utilized, and the strategy followed to collect, store and analyze your data. For the purpose of this class the methodology will include a section identifying the main qualitative method utilized, providing a formal definition of the method according to the consulted bibliography.
“Imagine explaining the process to a friend:”
Who will be your subjects/participants?
What will the data be collected?
What will the setting be (virtual for all) and what will be the actual steps taken when collecting data?
How will the data analyzed?
How will your data be stored and coded for analysis?