Ethnography in Educational Evaluation

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The progress that ethnographies have been making in educational evaluation and how ethnography has adapted to the educational sphere is analysed in this book. It first gives an overview of the state-of-the-art and a discussion of ethnographic techniques in evaluation research. It then presents a series of illustrative case studies of ethnographic evaluation, and finally addresses theoretical and ethical dilemmas in ethnographic evaluation.
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Overview

The progress that ethnographies have been making in educational evaluation and how ethnography has adapted to the educational sphere is analysed in this book. It first gives an overview of the state-of-the-art and a discussion of ethnographic techniques in evaluation research. It then presents a series of illustrative case studies of ethnographic evaluation, and finally addresses theoretical and ethical dilemmas in ethnographic evaluation.
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David M. Fetterman is President and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm. He has 25 years of experience at Stanford University , serving as a senior administrator, School of Education faculty member, and School of Medicine Director of Evaluation. David is the Director of the Arkansas Evaluation Center and concurrently a Professor at San Jose State University, the University of Charleston, and the University of Arkansas. He was a Professor and Research Director at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and a Senior Associate at RMC Research Corporation. David is a past-president of the American Evaluation Association. He received both the Paul Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Evaluation Theory and the Myrdal Award for Cumulative Contributions to Evaluation Practice. David also received the American Educational Research Association Research on Evaluation Distinguished Scholar Award. David is the founder of empowerment evaluation. He has published 14 books including: Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice, Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice (with Wandersman), Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation, and Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment and Accountability (with Kaftarian and Wandersman).

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: OVERVIEW
Doing Ethnographic Educational Evaluation - David M Fetterman
Ethnography in Educational Research - David M Fetterman
The Dynamics of Diffusion
Ethnographic Data Collection in Evaluation Research - Margaret D LeCompte and Judith P Goetz
PART TWO: CASE STUDIES
Multisite Qualitative Policy Research - William A Firestone and Robert E Herriott
Some Design and Implementation Issues
Federal Bucks for Local Change - Donald A Messerschmidt
On the Ethnography of Experimental Schools
Multimethod Policy Research - Allen G Smith and Albert E Robbins
A Case Study of Structure and Flexibility
Ethnography as Evaluation - Martha K Hemwall
Hearing-Impaired Students in the Mainstream
Evaluation, Ethnography, and the Concept of Culture - Harvey E Goldberg
Disadvantaged Youth in an Israeli Town
PART THREE: THEORETICAL AND ETHICAL DILEMMAS
Ethnographers sans Ethnography - Harry F Wolcott
The Evaluation Compromise
Guilty Knowledge, Dirty Hands, and Other Ethical Dilemmas - David M Fetterman
The Hazards of Contract Research
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