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ERIC Number: ED312273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-5
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Ethnographic Work and Educational Administration: Reframing Problematics of Educational Research and Practice.
Wagner, Jon
The problematic relationship between education research and improved practice in the schools is examined in terms of several parallels between the work of school ethnographers and educational administrators. Ethnography includes the perspectives and methods associated with anthropology and sociology through which researchers try to develop an understanding of: (1) how people live and work together; (2) the meanings these people perceive or construct in the activities they share; and (3) the practices by which they affirm, refine, or give life to such meaning. Educational administrators engage in many activities that parallel the activities of school ethnographers. The similarities in tasks include: (1) the dependence of both on knowledge about the culture and structure of schools; (2) the challenge of communicating private information to a larger public; and (3) the need for good ideas about the school in its community context. Although there are contrasts in practice and in structure between the work of administrators and ethnographers, these parallels suggest the value of ethnographic training for educational administrators. Reframing the assumption that research and practice are exclusive fields can promote interaction between researchers and administrators. A 45-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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