On Ethnography Approaches to Language and Literacy Research

ISBN-10: 0807748668

ISBN-13: 9780807748664

Edition: 2008

Authors: Brian V. Street, Shirley Brice Heath, James Banks

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Two experienced and esteemed ethnographers examine how to use ethnographic methods to conduct research in language and literacy. The authors begin by mapping some of the developments in ethnography across the last century, from colonial interests to contemporary studies of migration, multiculturalism, and global citizenship. The authors then draw from their own field work and that of a novice ethnographer to inform a succession of chapters on research questions, field notes, and analysis. Throughout, the book stresses that "doing ethnography" involves engagement with public life and cannot be separated out as an academic activity.
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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 5/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Brian V. Street is Professor of Language in Education in the School of Education at King's College, London University and Visiting Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He undertook anthropological fieldwork in Iran during the 1970s, and has since worked in the USA, Britain, and S. Africa.Nancy H. Hornberger is Professor of Education and Director of Educational Linguistics at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.

From the NCRLL Editors
Acknowledgments and an Opening for Conversation
Language, Culture, and Learning: Ethnographic Approaches
Languages and Literacies in Symbolic Structure
Culture as a Verb
Learning Across Recurring Situations
The Ethnographer's Field Entry and Tools of Practice
Entering the Field: Shirley Goes to Trackton and Roadville
The Constant Comparative
Co-Occurrences for Pattern Detection: Shirley Figures Out How Skateboarders Tell Time
Resisting Preconceptions
Reliability, Replicability, and Validities
Setting Decision Rules for Fieldwork
Literature Reviews: The Company We Keep
"What Really Happens Here?"
The Ethnographer as Instrument
Setting Time Frames
Determining the Space as "Sample" or "Case"
Research Questions and Fieldnotes
Research Questions
Conceptual Memos
Analysis and Coming Home from the Field
Language in Action
Quantitative Analysis
Discourse and Narrative
Language Socialization
Social Theories of Language and Literacy
Taking Note of History and Writing Ethnography
The Embrace of Anthropology
Applied Anthropology
Ethnography in Education
The Making of Public Texts
Suggestions for Further Reading
About the Authors
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