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Introduction to Ethnographic Interviewing eLearning

Level: Advanced Practice – Child Welfare Staff

Credits: 1

Intended Audience: This one hour eLearning module is for staff who are interested in having an introduction to the knowledge components of ethnographic interviewing.

Description of Course: This course will focus on: a) a brief discussion on the rationale for using ethnographic interviewing; b) cultural competence and communication; c) definition of ethnography; d) phases of the ethnographic interview; e) use of questioning techniques during an ethnographic interview; f) case application.

Intended Objectives:

  • Recognize how cultural factors impact family and youth engagement
  • Identify the ways that culture influences problem identification, help seeking
    behavior and service utilization
  • Recognize the influence of culture on the communication between workers and clients
  • Define ethnography
  • Identify the goals and process of ethnographic interviewing

Topics Include:

  • Definition of ethnographic interviewing
  • Origins and rationale for using ethnographic interviewing
  • Emerging best practices in ethnographic interviewing
  • Techniques used in ethnographic interviewing
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