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ERIC Number: EJ793760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
Rethinking Relationships/Reconfiguring Teacher Research: Teachers as Ethnographers of Culture, Childhood, and Classrooms
Riemer, Frances Julia; Blasi, MaryJane
Action in Teacher Education, v29 n4 p53-65 Win 2008
In this article, we employ multiple lenses to examine a state-funded teacher research institute designed to meld ethnographic and teacher research with anthropological and sociological studies of childhood. Planned as support for the work of teachers in reservation schools, the institute's classes, book talks, methods exercises, and subsequent classroom-based research were intended to help teachers understand learning as a constructive meaning-making activity carried out by their students. However, we anticipated neither the difficulties that we would encounter in recruiting Native American teachers nor those that teachers would meet in carving out time to conduct ethnographic research in their classrooms. This article is an attempt to let go of our preconceptions about the way that the institute should have unfolded and to privilege the richness of the teachers' unexpected discoveries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A