ERIC Number: ED246084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cognitive Anthropology and Research on Effective Principals; Findings from a Study and Reflections on Its Methods.
Recent developments in cognitive anthropology, in particular the development of ethnographic semantics, make ethnographic methods more systematic. The goal is to replace intuition with an operationally explicit methodology for discerning how people construe their world of experience from the way they talk about it. The first part of this paper describes the operationally explicit methods referred to by the rubric, ethnographic semantics, and illustrates the use of these methods with examples from a study of a successful principal in Fayette County, Pennsylvaniia. Part two presents findings from this study. The final section of the paper uses this study as the basis for critiquing the utility of ethnographic semantics for studying principals and other educational leaders. (BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Anthropology; Ethnographic Semantics
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).