Date of Award
Master of Arts
After working for a few weeks with the grant-writing group, I realized the possibilities for ethnographic research because of my position with the group, the ad hoc structure of the group, and the complexities of the collaborative writing community formed by the group. Fortunately, I had kept a detailed written log from the beginning of my involvement. And since my interest in and investigation of ethnography as a research method in nonacademic settings was developing previous to this opportunity, I eagerly adopted an ethnographic approach as a means of learning about the group's writing process. For in the words of Jeanne Halpern, "ethnography provides the most textured and complete representation of communication in action".
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Jane M. Perkins
September 13, 2013
Perkins, Jane M., "Collaboration in an ad hoc grant-writing community: an ethnographic study" (1991). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 191.