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Ethnography: A Powerful Methodological Tool for Educational Research


Fan, S and Yue, Y and Fan, W, Ethnography: A Powerful Methodological Tool for Educational Research, Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World, Nova Science Publishers, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 91-101. ISBN 978-1-62618-651-4 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Ethnography is a popularly used qualitative research technique. When it is being used in conjunction with multiple data collection and analysis methods, ethnography can empower researchers with valuable insights and in-depth understandings about the social phenomenon that is being examined. This chapter provides a discussion on the position of ethnography in the qualitative research paradigm. The sample research introduced in this chapter was designed to investigate the perception of ESL (English as a Second Language) pre-service teachers in one Australian teacher education program. It used a wide range of techniques to collect and analyse data. By looking into this particular study as an example, this chapter elaborates ways in which ethnography can be utilised to benefit educational research and exalnines challenges in conducting ethnographic research.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:ethnography, educational research, research methodology, representative study
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Yue, Y (Dr Yun Yue)
UTAS Author:Fan, W (Miss Fan)
ID Code:85930
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-08-15
Last Modified:2015-02-24
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