ERIC Number: EJ861627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
Novel Ethnographic Representations and the Dilemmas of Judgement
Sparkes, Andrew C.
Ethnography and Education, v4 n3 p301-319 Sep 2009
This article suggests that readers of ethnographic work need to make informed, principled and responsible decisions about the criteria they use to judge different and novel forms of representation. Two possible approaches are discussed in detail. Firstly, attention is given to the criteriological approach which believes that agreed, universal and preordained criteria can be established against which "any" piece of qualitative research should be judged. Following this, a relativist approach is considered in which criteria are seen as characterising traits or values that influence our judgements that are subject to constant reinterpretation as times and conditions change. Examples of each of these approaches in action are provided and their consequences are reflected on. Finally, it is suggested that ethnographers might seek to develop the qualities of connoisseurship as an art of appreciation in order to assist them pass judgement of novel forms of representation.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Ethnography, Evaluation, Criteria, Novelty (Stimulus Dimension), Value Judgment
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Education Level: Higher Education
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