Middle grades ethnographies in theory and practice

Boni Wozolek, Walter S. Gershon

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The authors present an overview of ethnography as a research methodology and its application in middle grades settings. The purpose of ethnography is to understand what is sensible within local contexts, how local interactions and relationships fit into broader culture, and the ways in which each place and space is nonetheless unique in spite of commonalities across ecologies. Ethnographies that focus on schooling are central to understanding how sociocultural norms and values operate in and between classrooms, corridors, and communities, understandings that, in turn, impact young people’s ways of being and knowing. Such information—along with how ideas and ideals influence all people in schools, including staff, teachers, and administrators—is significant because more deeply understanding complex relations between people, places, and ideas, is a strong foundation for more just and equitable schooling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Middle Level Education Theory, Research, and Policy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351122108
ISBN (Print)9780815358619
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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