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The World As They See provides a hands-on approach to writing an ethnographic record. In six lessons, learners will gain knowledge and experience in how-to write an ethnographic record. The six lesson topics include:

  1. Avoiding Mistakes
  2. Taking Field Notes
  3. Making Objective Observations
  4. Asking Cultural Appropriate Questions
  5. Selecting a Subject Category
  6. Writing the Ethnographic Record

The goal of the above six lessons is to help cross-cultural workers learn one of many steps in unearthing the worldview of their focus people. As you work through this manual, be sure to do the assignments. Work though one lesson at a time, completing the activities and assignments before continuing onto the next lesson.

Filled with keen and illuminating issues, Traveling Down Their Road will stimulate cross-cultural workers to encounter the worldview perspective of their host people. It challenges cross-cultural workers to look at their focus people from an emic perspective. Each one of the nine lessons provides a set of research practices that focus on significant issues and asks key questions for an effective understanding of a people and culture. More importantly, the lessons enable cross-cultural workers to package communicated messages through the cultural lenses of their host people. The nine lessons consist of:

  1. LEARNING FROM A PEOPLE – Ethnographic Research and Discovering Felt Needs
  2. GETTING READY – Writing a People Profile
  3. DIGGING DEEPER – Culture and Cultural Values
  4. CHANGING CONTEXTS – Globalization and Three Interrelated Aspects of Culture
  5. CHANGING IDENTITIES – Four Types of Societies
  6. BAITING THE HOOK – Cultural Symbols, Myths, Rituals, and Rites of Passage
  7. TELLING THEIR STORIES – Life Histories
  8. SEEING THROUGH THEIR EYES – Measuring Perceptions and Attitudes
  9. PUTTING IT TOGETHER – Painting a Picture of the People

Each lesson asks the reader to participate in certain exercises to apply the basic concepts from the lesson to their particular cultural context and host people. As learners engage the lesson exercises, they will learn to see, think, speak and write like an ethnographer. Plus, they will produce a brief ethnography on their focus people.

Learners complete the lessons with a reservoir of material and knowledge on their host people. Moreover, they complete a twenty page ethnography on their host people. Included in the Appendix are several examples of brief ethnographies – one written from a thick descriptive perspective and another one written from a modified biographical life history perspective.

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