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Fall 2017-2018
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
Eckert, Penelope, Jocks and Burnouts: Social Categories and Identity in the Hi
Nolan, Kathleen, Police in the Hallways: Discipline in an Urban High School
Khan, Shamus, Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's
Zou and Trueba, Ethnography and Schools: Qualitative approaches
Van Maanen, John, Tales of the Field
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-150 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 field 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:
United States Travel Required
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. As part of the course, students will conduct 10 hours of field work in local schools.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 2

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21971 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:14 Limit:16