Monday, January 3, 2011

one more article on ethnographic approaches


Ramanathan, V., & Atkinson, D. (1999). Ethnographic approaches and methods in L2 writing research: A critical guide and review. Applied Linguistics, 20, 44-70.

Abstract: In this paper, we discuss central concepts and issues regarding ethnographic research in education, particularly as they pertain to studies of L2 writing. After some necessary preliminaries we consider Watson-Gegeo’s (1988) six principles of ethnographic research, and then propose our own ‘prototype’ definition. Following a discussion of some key concepts in our definition, we then review three recent studies in L2 writing which are ethnographic in nature. Next, we discuss the vexing issue of ‘generalizability,’ and consider two further studies of L2 writing in that regard. We end by introducing a series of issues which are critical to recent ethnographic concerns in anthropology and sociology, but which have had little influence so far on ethnographically oriented L2 writing research.

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