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Author Hirshfield, Laura E., author

Title Studying sideways : an ethnographic study of graduate students in chemistry / Laura E. Hirshfield, Renad Ramahi
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018
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SAGE Research Methods. Cases
Summary For my doctoral research, I aimed to explore gender interaction in scientific fields. In particular, I sought to study scientists in the early stages of their careers and so carried out an ethnography of graduate students in chemistry. This case study details my experience "studying sideways" (i.e., when researchers study groups of their peers). In contrast, most researchers "study up" (i.e., when researchers study elite groups) or "study down" (i.e., when researchers study marginalized groups). In my experience of studying graduate students as a graduate student, I faced obstacles gaining access, maintaining confidentiality, and living in the same community as my participants. However, in this case, I hope to share the insights and perspectives I gained through using this uncommon approach
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Gender identity in science.
Graduate students in science -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Ramahi, Renad, author
ISBN 1526444844
9781526444844 (ebook)