Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2017)
The role of pilot studies in ethnographic research: An assessment
Author(s): Devi Prasad, Shiba Shankar Bibhar, LS Baikani
Abstract: Qualitative research is also known as participatory research wherein researcher is supposed to act as a participant of that setting where he or she is carrying out the research. When the researcher participates and interacts with other people of that setting, he has to receive the responses of others carefully and give back the responses to same meticulously. Taking and giving responses as a participant cum researcher in the field causes numerous challenges and dilemma for an ethnographer while doing fieldwork. Therefore, he/she visits the study area before going for the whole data collections and makes rapport with informants. The first visit to the study area is known as ‘pilot study’. The paper deals with how the first visit the field make a great impression on an in-depth understanding of concerning subject. In addition, the article looks at various issues, challenges, and opportunities of a pilot study by the recent field visit and empirical study in few villages of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.