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This paper assesses the research variables of sampling and observation to review how each can be problematic when used in application of multicultural methodologies. Additionally, the paper defines the variables and then points out how these variables may become problematic. Next, the paper considers sampling and observation when doing research in a multicultural context and problems associated with it. The paper offers solutions to bias in multicultural research, such as oversampling a specific population. Then, the paper addresses issues in observation for research purposes. The paper concludes with a discussion of avoiding research errors in multicultural research.
From the Paper:"Being able to define multicultural competencies is important on several levels. These competencies have been acknowledged and adopted by the American Counseling Association and by Division 17 of The American Psychological Association. Working counselors are legally exposed when they violate defined and accepted competencies. Established practices of counseling which go against these competencies need to be modified or discontinued. These competencies emphasize on best practice rather than the special interests of any group. Multicultural competencies help to prepare the resources of counseling to fit with the needs of other cultures around the world. No matter how skilled, trained or intelligent a counselor is, if they make the wrong or culturally inappropriate assumptions they will not be accurate in assessment, meaningful in understanding nor appropriate in their interventions (Pedersen, 2002).
"The framework of multicultural competence can be described as a three-level developmental sequence. Competence begins with awareness of one's own culture in relationship with the other cultures that are around, and an awareness of the culturally learned assumptions which control your life, with or without your permission. Accurateness depends on making right assumptions. Once a person has achieved awareness, the next level is to gather the facts, knowledge and information required for comprehending the meanings behind a person's behavior."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Trochim, W.M.K. (2001) The research methods knowledge base: second edition. Cincinnati, OH: Atomic Dog Publishing for Cornell University Press.
- Trimble, J.E. & Fisher, C.B. (2006) The handbook of ethical research with ethnocultural populations & communities. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
Cite this Term Paper:
Methodology in Multicultural Research (2012, September 28) Retrieved February 07, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/methodology-in-multicultural-research-151822/
"Methodology in Multicultural Research" 28 September 2012. Web. 07 February. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/methodology-in-multicultural-research-151822/>