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ERIC Number: EJ891486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Ethnographic Inquiry: Reframing the Learning Core of Education Abroad
Ogden, Anthony C.
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v13 p87-112 Nov 2006
Growth in US education abroad has been consistently strong for the past decade, surpassing 9 percent annually. Within the field of education abroad, this growth is both exciting and alarming. Education abroad helps students change learning structures, learn new paradigms and become more complex individuals. If a student's structures are not ready to be opened, the student then has only one mono-cultural frame in which to encounter experiences. Ethnography has a long history within the field of cultural anthropology. As a qualitative research method, ethnography seeks to describe and to understand another way of life from the native point of view. The central aim of ethnography is to discover the cultural knowledge people are using to organize their behavior and interpret their experience. In other words, ethnography is concerned with the meaning of actions and events to the people they seek to understand. The key element of ethnography is extended, systematic, and detailed observation of a setting. Living and learning alongside people in other cultures in an attempt to understand a culture is at the very core of cultural anthropology. Ethnographers seek to understand and describe culture, and so too can students. In the course of an education abroad experience, students can be taught basic skills of ethnographic inquiry as a learning paradigm through which they can take all aspects of their new culture as subject of serious study. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan (Tokyo); Mexico