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Ethnography

We are caught in a network of mutuality. We are tied in a single garment of destiny. What affects one directly, affects us all indirectly."-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

Research projects allow students to explore topics of their own choosing and work collaboratively to learn more about a topic or line of inquiry that interests them. Research projects can be a basic inquiry project or an ethnographic or action research project. 

Ethnography

Ethnography is research that is centered on the study of people and populations. Student researchers explore the lives of groups or communities found in their own social spheres and document the milieu. 

As they follow an ethnographic inquiry process students:

  • generate topics and inquiry questions
  • collect data in a natural setting (the community, the classroom, the school)
  • act as participant/observer
  • become immersed in the everyday lives of the group or community (field research)
  • select from a variety of research methods (observations, interviews, surveys, artifact collection, historical and contemporary texts, participant journals, etc.)
  • use an inquiry process to plan and implement their research project

Ethnographic research projects can be presented as graphs, maps, timelines, photo essays, audio and video clips, along with written and spoken texts. The projects should shed light on different social contexts and inspire social change within the social world of the students.

 

 

 

Additional Resources:

The inquiry process was used for this ethnography project.

Students use the production process to plan, draft, revise and edit any written, spoken or media texts related to the inquiry project.

Share information on gathering data from primary and secondary sources with students during the planning stage of the project.