Ethnography and Education

How to do Educational Ethnography

Edited by Geoffrey Walford

How to do Educational Ethnography is designed for researchers new to educational ethnography as well as those with some initial experience. It guides the reader through the processes and pitfalls of conducting ethnography in educational settings and gives guidance on how the reader can conduct high quality ethnography.

Following a brief introduction to the nature and history of ethnography, the book considers questions of site selection, access and ethics in research. It then moves on to consider how observation should be conducted and recorded within ethnography and then gives guidance on the purpose of interviews and how to conduct them. The book also describes less traditional aspects of ethnography through a detailed discussion of video-enabled research, and emphasises the need for a strong theoretical backbone to any research. The analysis of data is then discussed, as are some of the debates about various forms of representation. Each chapter is illustrated with practical examples for the authors’ own works.

This book is written by key authors within educational ethnography, and included contributions from Dennis Beach, Sara Delamont, Martin Forsey, Judith Green, Bob Jeffrey, Mats Trondman and Geoffrey Walford. It provides an exciting and practical guide to the process of doing educational ethnography.


Preface, Geoffrey Walford;

The nature of educational ethnography, Geoffrey Walford;

Selecting sites, and gaining ethical and practical access, Geoffrey Walford;

For lust of knowing—observation in educational ethnography, Sara Delamont;

Ethnographic interviewing: from conversation to published text, Martin Forsey;

Video-enabled ethnographic research: A microethnographic perspective, W. Douglas Baker, Judith L. Green and Audra Skukauskaite;

Bypass surgery: Rerouting theory to ethnographic study, Mats Trondman;

Characterising social settings as the basis for qualitative research in ethnography, Bob Jeffrey;

Ethnography and representation: About representations for criticism and change through ethnography, Dennis Beach;

Geoffrey Walford is Professor of Education Policy, University of Oxford

paperback            ISBN             1872767923
ISBN-13             978-1-872767-92-5
hardback            ISBN             1872767 974
ISBN-13             978-1-872767-97-0

also available on Kindle ISBN 978 18727670932

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