ERIC Number: ED445083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
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The Symbolic Structures and Dynamics of Settings in Qualitative Educational Research.
Drawing on diverse perspectives, this paper examines six lenses on settings that offer a more complex picture of their role in lived experience than is often available in traditional analyses and reports of qualitative educational research. In this discussion, "settings" is defined as a bounded environment in which particular situations, interactions, and behaviors accrue to it as normal by virtue of history, cultural values, and beliefs. The discussion focuses on some of the social and cultural signifiers implicit in particular settings and in moves from one setting into another. The premise developed is that a deeper analysis of settings requires an unraveling of relations among people and the settings in which they participate as well as inquiry into characteristics that particularize those settings. These lenses are not meant to be inclusive but to suggest questions and analyses that may yield fresh perspectives on the roles of settings in people's lives. (Contains 52 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Quality Interest Group (QUIG) Annual Conference on Qualitative Research in Education (Athens, GA, January 6-8, 2000).