Critical Ethnography in Educational Research: A Theoretical and Practical Guide

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Ethnographic methods are becoming increasingly prevalent in contemporary educational research. Critical Ethnography in Educational Research provides both a technical, theoretical guide to advanced ethnography—focusing on such concepts as primary data collection and system relationships—and a very practical guide for researchers interested in conducting actual studies.

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Examines erotetic inferences, those that underlie the process of arriving at a question, a process similar in many ways to that of coming to a conclusion. Reviews existing logical theories of questions, questions in natural and formalized languages, semantics, the evocation and generation of questions, and erotetic implication and arguments. Assumes only some knowledge of elementary formal logic, and no exposure to the new field of erotetic logic. Of possible interest to philosophers of science, cognitive scientists, and computer scientists as well as logicians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415904926
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/3/1996
  • Series: Critical Social Thought Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction
1 What is Critical Qualitative Research? 1
2 Ontological Models and Research Design 23
3 Stage One: Building a Primary Record 44
4 Validity Claims and Three Ontological Realms 55
5 Validity Requirements for Constructing the Primary Record 87
6 Stage Two: Preliminary Reconstructive Analysis 93
7 More on Reconstructive Analysis: Embodied Meaning, Power, and Secondary Concepts of Interaction 121
8 Validity Requirements for Stage Two 140
9 Coding Procedures Congruent with Reconstructive Analysis 146
10 Stage Three: Dialogical Data Generation through Interviews, Group Discussions, and IPR 154
11 Validity Requirements for Stage Three 165
12 Conceptualizing the Social System 172
13 Stages Four and Five: Conducting Systems Analysis 195
Bibliography 209
Index 215
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