Ethnography and Schools / Edition 1

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Overview

The ethnographic experience is an indelible venture that continuously redefines one's life. Bringing together important cross-currents in the national debate on education, this book introduces the student or practitioner to the challenges, resources, and skills informing ethnographic research today. From the first chapter describing the cultural foundations of ethnographic research, by George Spindler, the book traces both traditional and new approaches to the study of schools and their communities. Emphasis on discourse, critical pedagogy, and ethnicity are among the many aspects of methodology and educational change emphasized by the contributors.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Anthropological Research
A challenging and enjoyable read. The rich mix of theory, research, and practice makes excellent material for reflection by experienced and novice researchers alike.
Frederick Erickson
This collection of essays is impressive for the range of approaches to ethnography that it covers, from classic interpretive ethnography through critical ethnography to action research. An additional benefit is a set of reviews, from divergent perspectives, of the intellectual history of critical social theory in relation to critical ethnography.
British Educational Research Journal
A rich discussion of critical ethnography that gives researchers the basis on which they can develop critical ethnographic studies within the framework delineated by these authors without falling into some of the pitfalls they identify.
Anthropology & Education Quarterly
Provide readers with an overview of the research trajectory followed by particular researchers and the intersection of theory, method, advocacy, and the role of self and other in critical ethnography.
Booknews
In this collection of 12 papers, 14 American scholars report on current trends in educational ethnography. Coverage includes traditional criteria for the production of quality ethnographies, a critique of traditional ethnography, methodological and epistemological contrasts faced by post-modern critical ethnographers, critical theory and qualitative research, the role of ethnic researchers in educational ethnography, urban ethnography, Asian Americans and the role of institutions working with them, consideration for ethnographers working with immigrant and culturally different children, and critical ethnography and community change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journal Of Anthropological Research
A challenging and enjoyable read. The rich mix of theory, research, and practice makes excellent material for reflection by experienced and novice researchers alike.
British Education Research Journal
A rich discussion of critical ethnography that gives researchers the basis on which they can develop critical ethnographic studies within the framework delineated by these authors without falling into some of the pitfalls they identify.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742517370
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Immigration and the Transnational Experience Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Enrique T. Trueba is the author of Latinos Unidos and editor of Immigrant Voices. He has published a number of books and articles on cultural and linguistic diversity, immigrant children, and resiliency. Dr. Trueba is the Rubén E. Hinojosa Regents' Professor Emeritus in Education, University of Texas, Austin. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Education. Yali Zou is professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies and director of the Asian American Studies Center at the University of Houston. She has published a number of articles and books on ethnic identity, immigration and multicultural issues.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Collusion of Illusion and How to Get People to Tell You What They Don't Know Chapter 2 Ethnography? Or Educational Travel Writing? Chapter 3 The Destructive Desire for a Depoliticized Ethnographic Methodology: Response to Harry F. Wolcott Chapter 4 The Hidden History of Praxis Theory within Critical Ethnography and the Criticalism/Postmodernism Problematic Chapter 5 Rethinking Critical Theory and Qualitative Research Chapter 6 Critical Ethnography in the Postcritical Moment Chapter 7 The Challenge of Urban Ethnography Chapter 8 Methodological Challenges of Critical Ethnography: Insights from Collaborations on an Idigenous Counter Narrative Chapter 9 Adaptive Strategies of a Chinese Immigrant Chapter 10 Stories and Structures of Persistence: Ethnographic Learning Through Research and Practice in Asian American Studies Chapter 11 The Class Clown: A School Liminar Chapter 12 Critical Ethnography and Community Change

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