ERIC Number: ED243195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Innovation and Change in American Education. Kensington Revisited: A Fifteen Year Follow-Up of an Innovative Elementary School and Its Faculty. Volume VI--Case Study Research Methodology: The Intersect of Participant Observation, Historical Methods and Life History Research. Final Report.
Smith, Louis M.; And Others
This final volume of a six-volume study of an elementary school called "Kensington" in a school district code-named "Milford," examines its own assumptions and procedures. After the brief, introductory chapter, which presents the methodological appendixes of the preceding volumes as a serial, chapter 2 discusses exploratory and final proposals for the study and its followup relation to an early study ("Middletown in Transition"). Chapter 3, "Ethnography as an Intellectual Process," examines the study's evolving logic; accidents, anomalies, and serendipity; the observer's role; and archival case records. Chapter 4 expands the third chapter's focus on ethnography to include separate sections on "Ethnography,""Ethnography and Historical Method," and "Educational Innovation and Life History." This final volume concludes with a chapter on "Paradigms in Debate." In order to protect the anonymity of the school district studied in such detail, pseudonyms have been used for all place names (school, school district, city, county, state) and personal names (school superintendents, school board members, teachers, students) appearing in the various volumes of this set. (JBM)
Descriptors: Biographies, Case Records, Case Studies, Cognitive Processes, Educational Anthropology, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnography, Longitudinal Studies, Participant Observation, Profiles, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Social History, Social Science Research
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Graduate Inst. of Education.
Note: For other volumes in this set, see EA 016 683-687. For previous related documents, see ED 225 228-231.