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Quick Ethnography

reviewed by Maryann Dickar - 2003

coverTitle: Quick Ethnography
Author(s): W. Penn Handwerker
Publisher: Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, CA
ISBN: 0759100594, Pages: , Year: 2001
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Quick Ethnography is full of valuable advice and is an efficient method for developing, executing and analyzing ethnographic field projects.  Handwerker draws on his extensive expertise to demonstrate how ethnographers can avoid some of the inefficiencies and pitfalls that have hampered their work.  He uses his own research projects as models to demonstrate his method providing concrete examples to help readers grasp the techniques and their purposes.  It is always useful when an experienced researcher opens up his practice to others, and that is a great strength of this book.             The underlying principle of Quick Ethnography (QE) is to use time in the field most efficiently to create the most effective and accurate studies.  This method relies on both qualitative and quantitative methods to gather data (interviews, focus groups, surveys, lickert scales, etc.), and employs an impressively broad range of numerical and statistical techniques such as scatter-plot analysis, Lexis diagrams, bootstrap, jackknife, permutation tests, multiple regression models, zero-order analysis and Ordinary Least Squares regression, to analyze that data.  Though... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 120-123
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10996, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 7:59:55 PM

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  • Maryann Dickar
    New York University
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    MARYANN DICKAR is the Program Director of NYU’s Alternative Certification Initiative as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning. She conducts research on how new teachers develop, the connection between teacher education and teacher practice and on school culture. She is particularly interested in urban education and examines the roles of race, class, and gender in shaping school experiences for students and teachers. She has published articles on the impact of race on teaching practice.
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