ERIC Number: ED126147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
The Use of Ethnography in Educational Evaluation.
Wilson, Stephen; And Others
Many people hope that the unique skills and perspectives of anthropologists can help them to make the contributions to social programs that have eluded other social scientists. Ethnography promises to make a significant contribution to evaluation of educational innovations. Before this promise can be realized, however, there are many practical and theoretical problems to be solved. An attempt is made to aid this process by candidly sharing and analyzing some experiences in this area of applied anthropology. The use of the methodology and findings using ethnography in evaluating an innovative program of the New School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio is discussed. The evaluation model used to clarify the context in which ethnography is used is described first. The experience of using ethnography is also discussed from two focuses: (1) problems that arose from inherent mismatches between the fundamental assumptions and processes of ethnography and those of evaluation; and (2) problems that arose from the particular ways the evaluation plans were put into practice. (Author/DEP)
Descriptors: Educational Anthropology, Educational Innovation, Educational Researchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnology, Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Feedback, Formative Evaluation, Nontraditional Education, Observation, Participation, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Student Attitudes, Testing Problems
Center for New Schools, 59 E. Van Buren, Suite 1800, Chicago, Illinois 60605
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for New Schools, Inc., Chicago, IL.