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ERIC Number: ED175751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Contract Ethnography: A Team Documentation Approach to Educational Evaluation.
Pitman, Mary Anne
Addressing the growing interest in qualitative research methodology, the paper describes the process and results of a team evaluation of a college day-care center. The purpose of the study was twofold: to conduct research which would provide team members an opportunity to develop skills in qualitative research methods and to assess the child care center's student teacher program. The five-member team first met with the coordinator of the center to establish the means of conducting the study, after which an abstract of the proposed study was presented. During the next three weeks team members engaged in proposal writing, methods study, or initial site visits. Fieldwork was conducted for the next five weeks. The physical and human settings of the center were documented and the roles of the lead teachers and currently placed student teachers were assessed. Interviews with present and former student teachers, with the center's coordinator, and with academic personnel were also conducted. Next, team members investigated data to identify central patterns, and compiled a list of recommendations based on relevant anthropological theory. Recommendations included suggestions for making student teachers feel less exploited and isolated, for more formal structures in determining the student teacher's role, and for easing the burden of lead teachers. The author concludes that the team approach is valuable for in-process sharing and for accomplishing more in less time. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Los Angeles, California, 1978)