ERIC Number: ED161860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Report of a Seminar on Field Research Methods in Education. Conference Series No. 2.
Cusick, Philip A.
Important aspects of field research in education were discussed at this seminar. A wide spectrum of topics included the theoretical foundations of field methodology, information gathering, access, validity, reliability, interpretation and explanation, limits of methods, ethical issues, and approaches to write-up and presentation of data. Four speakers addressed the conference topics. The first spoke of his participant observation study of a curricular situation and of his study of a single principal. The second speaker demonstrated his technique of videotaping teachers in an Ontario Indian village and an Italian neighborhood school. A study of a class in which he was a member was described by the third speaker. The final participant discussed his experiences in associating with high school students and his involvement with the Michigan Department of Education. The speeches addressed four aspects and methods of research: category selection; micro-ethnography; philosophical issues and education theory; and reduction, analysis, and research bias. (JD)
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Educational Anthropology, Educational Research, Field Studies, Information Seeking, Research Criteria, Research Design, Research Methodology
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.