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Fall 2015-2016
ANT 368 / TPP 368 (SA)   na, npdf

Ethnography of Schools and Schooling

Jason R. Klugman

Social scientists use ethnographic methods to describe and analyze the range and variation of daily interactions in schools. Ethnographic study allows researchers the opportunity to examine power dynamics that influence the daily life of students, teachers, administrators and parents. Vivid, critical ethnography helps us discover how cultural traditions, expectations, and opportunities are passed down to the next generation and how they impact school outcomes. This class will explore educational ethnography and students will complete observations hours in local schools and prepare a descriptive, mini-ethnography of a school community.

Sample reading list:
Levinson, Bradley, The Cultural Production of the Educated Person
Nolan, Kathleen, Police in the Hallways
Zou and Trueba, Ethnography and Schools: Qualitative approaches
Khan, Shamus, Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's
Sarroub, Loukia, All American Yemeni Girls
Olsen, Laurie, Made in America: Immigrants in our public schools
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week; weekly reading response papers (250 words); personal educational history and commentary (4-6 pages); book review/presentation (3-4 pages); mini school ethnography based on fields observations and class discussions (15-20 page paper -- final project in lieu of exam)

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students should have a background (coursework or other experience) in anthropology, sociology, education or related fields..

Other information:
This discussion and fieldwork-oriented course is designed for students who have a general interest in education, urban education, teaching, education reform and the social sciences. Students with serious interest in teacher preparation, Teach for America or similar ventures are encouraged to enroll.

Reserved Seats:
Open to ANT Juniors Only 2

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22349 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:10 Limit:15