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Ethnographic Eyes: A Teacherís Guide to Classroom Observation


reviewed by Mary McVee ó 2001

coverTitle: Ethnographic Eyes: A Teacherís Guide to Classroom Observation
Author(s): Carolyn Frank
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325002010, Pages: 111, Year: 1999
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In Ethnographic Eyes: A Teachers’ Guide to Classroom Observation, Carolyn Frank provides a masterful introduction to the world of ethnography and in particular, the roles of the ethnographic observer. As a supervisor of student teachers, she turned to ethnography to help student teachers observe and understand classrooms from the perspective of teachers, children, and learners. Adopting an ethnographic stance, Frank’s student teachers trade one set of lenses, those acquired through a traditional "apprenticeship of observation" (Lortie, 1975), for another set of lenses that allow them to identify and understand actors, actions, language, and social settings in new and different ways. Frank’s student teachers learn to suspend immediate judgments, interpretations, and inferences and rely instead on evidence about students, teachers, and classrooms that emerges over time. Frank covers basic items in the ethnographer’s tool kit in a way that is accessible, void of excessive jargon, and highly readable. She takes readers on a journey as she and her students use ethnographic tools to explore teaching and learning in school settings.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 130-131
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10577, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 1:51:42 AM

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  • Mary McVee
    University of Nevada, Reno
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    Mary McVee is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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