The Art and Science of Portraiture / Edition 1

The Art and Science of Portraiture / Edition 1

by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Jessica Hoffmann Davis
     
 

Portraiture is a method of inquiry that shares some of the features of other qualitative research methods such as ethnography, case study, and narrative-but it is distinctive in its blAnding of aesthetics and empiricism in an effort to capture the complexity, dynamics, and subtlety of human experience and organizational life. Portraiture first came to prominence in

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Portraiture is a method of inquiry that shares some of the features of other qualitative research methods such as ethnography, case study, and narrative-but it is distinctive in its blAnding of aesthetics and empiricism in an effort to capture the complexity, dynamics, and subtlety of human experience and organizational life. Portraiture first came to prominence in the works of Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, who used it to document the culture of schools, the life stories of individuals, and the relationships among families, communities, and schools.The Art and Science of Portraiture illuminates the origins, purposes, and features of portraiture-placing it within the larger discourse on social science inquiry and mapping it onto the broader terrain of qualitative research. It delineates the processes, methods, and strategies of research design, data collection, and analysis-underscoring the structure and improvisation, the order and the creativity. It also charts the development of the portrait and the shaping of the narrative, blAnding literary principles, artistic resonance, and scientific rigor.A landmark contribution to the field of research methodology and an indispensable resource for the social scientist, this lyric book will also provide general readers with a new and illuminating way of viewing the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787910648
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/11/1997
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
293
Product dimensions:
0.88(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

SARA LAWRENCE-LIGHTFOOT, a promminent sociologist and professor, of education at Harvard University, is the author of numerous books including The Good High School, Balm in Gilead, and I've Known Rivers. Winner of the prestigious MacArthur Prize, Lawrence-Lightfoot was recently awarded Harvard's George Ledlie Prize given for research that makes the "most valuable contribution to science" and that "benefits mankind." She has been a Fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

JESSICA HOFFMANN DAVIS is the Director of Arts in Education Concentration and a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was the principal investigator of several arts projects at Harvard Project Zero. Her numerous publications include The MUSE (Museums Uniting with Schools in Education) Book and The Co-Arts Assessment Handbook.

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Table of Contents

1. A View of the Whole
2. Perspective Taking
3. On Context
4. On Voice
5. On Relationship
6. On Emergent Themes
7. On Aesthetic Whole

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