Researching the Art of Teaching: Ethnography for Educational Use

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Overview

This book is a follow-up to Inside Schools. It reviews the position of ethnography in educational research in the light of current issues and of the author's own research over the past ten years. Starting from an analysis of teaching as science and as art, Peter Woods goes on to review the general interactionist framework in which his own work is situated, and how this relates to postmodernist trends in qualitative research. The approach is illustrated through reference to the author's own personal history and research career, and his recent research on creative teaching, critical events, and his teachers reactions to school inspections. How to represent such research is a central feature, and includes a consideration of the tools used in that task and how they relate to the ethnographer's self, whatever forms of representation are selected, however, the audiences' own concerns will guide them in their interpretation of the work.
Prominent themes include:
* the person of the ethnographer in research
* the art of teaching and new ways of representing it, while not forgetting the science of teaching and of research
* research for educational use, and the uses of educational research
* collaborative work between researchers and teachers
The issues covered include such matters as research purposes, research design, research careers, access, data collection, data analysis, truth criteria, the relationship between theory and research methods, writing-up, and dissemination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415131292
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/19/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the ethnographer's self 1
1 The art and science of teaching 14
2 The promise of symbolic interactionism 32
3 Seeing into the life of things 77
4 Living and researching a school inspection 96
5 Collaborating in historical ethnography: researching critical events in education 118
6 Tools of the trade: extensions of the ethnographer's self 133
7 Audiences and the politics of dissemination 150
References 171
Name index 191
Subject index 196
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