ERIC Number: ED206543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Student Perceptions and School Behavior. Ethnographic Training Manual.
This training manual for ethnographic research was developed for use in the Student Perceptions and School Behavior Project. The first part of the manual discusses project objectives and methodology. The major goal of the project was to gain an understanding of how adolescents perceived their world--school, home, and community; to analyze the relationship between student perceptions and their school behavior; and to develop guidelines that may be used in programs for prevention and remediation. The participants in the study were groups of Blacks, Mexican Americans, and Anglo students in grades 6-8. Ethnographic interviews, audiovisual vignettes, classroom observations, and measures of the school environment were to be used to generate data. The second part of the manual, which comprises the bulk of the manual, contains tips and discusses techniques for conducting naturalistic inquiry and ethnographic interviews. General techniques for formal interviewing and ways to deal with the silent respondent are explored. Specific skills essential in naturalistic evaluation--listening, observing, questioning, hypothesizing, recapitulating, eliciting specific examples, and probing--are discussed. Desirable qualities of naturalistic evaluators are summarized. The manual concludes with a list of do's and don'ts for interviewing and references. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.