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ERIC Number: EJ856695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
When Does the Action Start and Finish? Making the Case for an Ethnographic Action Research in Educational Research
Bath, Caroline
Educational Action Research, v17 n2 p213-224 Jun 2009
This paper explores how ethnographic and action research methodologies can be justifiably combined to create a new methodological approach in educational research. It draws on existing examples in both educational research and development studies that have discussed the use of ethnography and action research in specific projects. Interpretations of ethnography and action research are developed that aim to minimize the epistemological differences between them. The paper also contextualizes an "ethnographic action research" approach with reference to an example of the author's research into participation in three "reception" (first year of schooling) classes in the United Kingdom. It is argued that research into the theme of participation in early years education, using participative methods, was particularly suitable for this new methodological approach. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom