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Reassessing the Role of Ethnographic Methods in Education Policy Research: Implementing Bilingual Education Policy at Local Levels


by Tom T. Stritikus & Ann-Marie Wiese — 2006

In this article, we address the ongoing call for research to be more relevant to educational policy and practice by focusing on the public controversy regarding bilingual education. To show how ethnographic research can be relevant, we present findings of two independent but parallel studies of how teachers implement bilingual education policies based on Proposition 227 in California. Findings from both studies indicate that the use of ethnographic methods yields a rich account of various factors that play a crucial role in determining how educational policy is implemented. In reporting on these ethnographic studies, we seek to provide an alternative voice in the ongoing discussion about the role of research in educational policy and practice.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 6, 2006, p. 1106-1131
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12519, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 4:21:43 PM

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  • Tom Stritikus
    University of Washington
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    TOM STRITIKUS is assistant professor in the College of Education, University of Washington. He earned his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of the book Immigrant Children and the Politics of English-Only, published by LFB Scholarly Publishing and edited by Professors Marcelo and Carola Suarez-Orozco. His teaching and research focuses on policy and practice issues for culturally and linguistically diverse students. He has published articles in the Bilingual Research Journal, the International Journal of Bilingual Education, and the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.
  • Ann-Marie Wiese
    WestEd
    ANN-MARIE WIESE is a research associate with the Teacher Professional Development Program at WestEd. Most recently, she has published an article on two-way immersion in the International Journal of Language and Education. Her interest in the education of language minority students has expanded to include early childhood education, and a chapter coauthored with Eugene Garcia, Ph.D., will appear in the most recent edition of the Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children (Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates). Dr. Wiese is also is a member of a national research team investigating the impact of National Board-certified teachers on low-performing schools.
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