‘Written in a clear, accessible style, this inspirational book is both a practical guide and a survey of the different ways of doing ethnography. Drawing on wide-ranging examples and using classic and contemporary ethnographies, the authors demonstrate the importance of developing an ethnographic sensibility. A most valuable resource’
- Cris Shore, University of Auckland
Ethnography in Education
is an accessible guidebook to the different approaches taken by ethnographers studying education. Drawing on their own experience of teaching and using these methods, the authors help you cultivate an ‘ethnographic imagination’ in your own research and writing.
With extended examples of ethnographic analysis, the book will introduce you to: ethnographic ‘classics’; the best existing textbooks; debates about new approaches and innovations.
This book is ideal for postgraduate students in Education and related disciplines seeking to use an ethnographic approach in their Masters and Doctoral theses.
David Mills is a University Lecturer in Education, University of Oxford.
Missy Morton is Associate Professor and Head of School of Educational Studies and Leadership, College of Education, University of Canterbury
Research Methods in Education series:
Each book in this series maps the territory of a key research approach or topic in order to help readers progress from beginner to advanced researcher.
Each book aims to provide a definitive, market-leading overview and to present a blend of theory and practice with a critical edge. All titles in the series are written for Master's-level students anywhere and are intended to be useful to the many diverse constituencies interested in research on education and related areas.
Chapter 2: Ethnography by Design, Ethnography by Accident
Ethnography by Design, Ethnography by Accident
What is in This Chapter?
- An introduction to the notion of ethnographic research design
- Two different ‘recipes’ for research design and their advocates
- A discussion of the importance of planning, questioning and failure
- A defence of participant-observation
- An explanation of why ethnographic research is never without impact
Culinary metaphors have long dominated writing about methods. It is not hard to see why. If research is akin to cooking, then the ingredients and utensils matter, but the recipe is key. Research design is the recipe that brings together one's empirical ingredients with a set of methodological utensils. It is the conceptual blueprint that aligns research question, methods, modes of analysis and approach to writing.
But just as cooks have very different styles ...