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Reflections on Fieldwork in Saudi PhD student Jaber Alruwaili University of East Anglia School of Education Value and Virtue Conference.

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1 Reflections on Fieldwork in Saudi PhD student Jaber Alruwaili University of East Anglia School of Education Value and Virtue Conference

2 Contents Part I: Background and Context Part II: Saudi Culture Part III: Methodology & Reflections

3 World map Part I: Background and Context

4 Brief profile of the country Part I: Background and Context Population Borders Climate Language Administrative provinces Economy Education

5 Saudi Culture Part II: Saudi Culture Islam

6 Saudi Culture Part II: Saudi Culture Family values Communication and relationship

7 Getting started Part III: Methodology & Reflections Quantitative [Saudi] Qualitative [UEA] Practical reasons: 1) Creswell’s observation. 2) An array of well-known scholars Intrinsic interest: personal intellectual motivation.

8 Two case studies Part III: Methodology & Reflections Case study 1: Aljouf Directorate for girls Case study 2: Eastern Directorate for boys

9 Choosing methods of data collection Part III: Methodology & Reflections Primary and Secondary Data Structured interviews Unstructured observation

10 Sampling Part III: Methodology & Reflections Typical administrations Representative of these administrations

11 An approach to recruiting participants Part III: Methodology & Reflections Advice from the literature. Requests through official “circular” Cordial invitation. ‘Future of our children’ Female manager. Tribal connection

12 Pilot and exploratory study of the instrument Part III: Methodology & Reflections Review of interview schedule ‘Dress rehearsal’ (Yin, 2009)

13 Data analysis Part III: Methodology & Reflections Techniques of Analysis (Kvale and Brinkmann, 2009) Computer Assisted Tools Transcription process. Writing &Translation process

14 Ethics of Research Part III: Methodology & Reflections Confidentiality (S, SS or Sara) Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form Final thesis and language (Albugami, 2007) A horrific incident

15 Authenticity and quality of the research Part III: Methodology & Reflections multiple sources of evidence Stage No Stage nameTypes of dataPeriod 1 Beforehand (preliminary) documents – informal visits 1 month 2Throughout (main) Interviews - field notes 3 months 3 Thereafter (supplementary) Observation3 weeks

16 Authenticity and quality of the research Part III: Methodology & Reflections Relatively standardized approach Trial session (novice coder & checker coder)


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