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ERIC Number: ED409314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Biography: Learning To Do, Teaching To Do.
Smith, Louis M.
This symposium paper reports on developing biographical qualitative research methods, mixing personal narrative and conceptualization. The section on "Learning To Do" begins with an autobiographical report on a study of an urban classroom during which the author developed his early techniques for qualitative research, including the partnership of the teacher (the influential participant observer) and the researcher (a non-participant observer). This section continues with observations on a personal experience in preparing the biography of Nora Barlow, the granddaughter of Charles Darwin. The second part of the presentation on "Learning To Do" focuses on a description and interpretation of several issues in curriculum, teaching, and learning. The teaching strategies and course activities of a three-semester sequence are described, taking students from an introduction to qualitative methods to dissertation research, followed by reactions from a former student to the action research curriculum. The paper concludes with several observations, including: the importance of qualitative research to the author's professional life; learning to do qualitative inquiry is a kind of long independent study; and developing an interrelated series--graduate course, seminar, and independent study and dissertation research--focused the author's teaching life and provided students with a major cumulative set of opportunities. (Contains 17 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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