ERIC Number: ED434877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Ethnographic Eyes: A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Observation.
This book extends ethnography beyond the work of university researchers to include classroom teachers, student teachers, and teacher educators. It provides ways for student teachers and others to develop lenses for seeing the patterns and practices of life within classrooms. The book describes how developing "ethnographic eyes" can help student teachers understand the importance of suspending judgment so that they can learn how to see learning in the actions of members, to acquire insider knowledge of teaching and learning processes in different classroom sites, and to act in professionally competent ways. It demonstrates how ethnography can help teachers to see beneath the surface of classroom life, gain new understandings of diversity, and recognize that difference can be a resource for community building. The book explains how to record, analyze, and represent the particular kind of classroom culture that is being created. It also discusses how an ethnographic perspective can help teachers expand their cultural perspective and reflect critically on their practice. The eight chapters include: (1) "An Ethnographic Perspective"; (2) "The Neighborhood Map"; (3) "Ethnographic Interviews for Teachers"; (4) "Making it Explicit"; (5) "Ethnographic Case Studies"; (6) "Reflective Practice through Ethnography"; (7) "Classroom Observations"; and (8) "Culture and Consciousness." (Contains 65 references and an index.) (SM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Case Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnography, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Reflective Teaching, Research Methodology, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Teacher Researchers
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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Note: "Foreword by Judith L. Green & Carol N. Dixon."