ERIC Number: ED189235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-14
Reference Count: 0
Capturing Reading in Schools and Community: A Methodology for a Sociolinguistic Ethnography.
This paper outlines a methodology for understanding and describing the reading activities of a small group of black inner city junior high school students. The methodology is based on the assumption that reading can be viewed as a social activity or process that becomes defined through the interaction of participants. Data are collected through the use of ethnographic techniques such as participant observation, videotaping, and ethnographic interviews. Data are collected in three general settings: the school (including both in-classroom and outside-classroom activities), the community, and the home. There are four components to the analysis of the data: a lexical/semantic analysis, microanalysis, macroanalysis, and triangulation. The product of the analysis is the generation of hypotheses about reading activities and the social contexts in which they occur. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Ethnography, Family School Relationship, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Reading Processes, Research Methodology, School Community Relationship, Semantics, Social Environment, Sociolinguistics, Urban Schools, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, March 14, 1980). Not available in paper copy due to broken print.