Ethnography and Schools: Qualitative Approaches to the Study of Education


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742517363
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2002
Series: Immigration and the Transnational Experience Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.91(d)

About 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.

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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