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Familiarization Studies: Critical Components in Conducting Successful Fieldwork

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This paper is written to share the experience of conducting qualitative research for a Ph.D. for an Australian university but carrying out the research in Indonesia. Conducting a familiarization study is the topic under discussion. The research paradigm is interpretive and the methodology is qualitative. This leads to the key issue of the importance of undertaking a familiarization study before collecting data using the interview method since the researcher may fail to consider such issues as class, race, gender, ethnicity, and other factors. Inevitably the results may well reflect his or her views, rather than those of respondents. Therefore, a familiarization study is a critical component to the success of fieldwork.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2015

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