ERIC Number: ED171425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of the Use of Anthropological Perspectives in Ongoing Research on Children and Adolescents.
Hertz, Thomas W.; Hertz, Susan H.
This paper assesses the current status of anthropological contributions to research on child development. The data are provided by the Interagency Research Information System (IRIS), which contains computerized information about most of the research projects on children and adolescents funded by the federal government. Key elements of the anthropological perspective are described, including: (1) the comparative perspective; (2) the holistic perspective; (3) the relativist perspective and the emic/etic distinction and (4) the case study or ethnographic perspective. General areas of research were selected from the IRIS classification scheme, in which anthropological perspectives are most likely to be found. The total number of projects and amount of funding in each of the selected areas are presented. Data are presented for different target groups (e.g., Native Americans), designs/measures (e.g., observational), locations of data collection (e.g., home), and research foci (e.g., ethnic/racial factors). Several key areas were selected for examination of individual abstracts, in order to determine actual levels of use of anthropological perspectives. The authors made judgments concerning the presence of anthropological approaches in all of the projects indentified by IRIS as: (1) ecological; (2) using observational methods; (3) focusing on ethnic/racial culture; or (4) cross-cultural research. The results of this examination show generally low levels of anthropological contributions. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, California, March 15-18, 1979)