An ethnographic approach to researching young children's learning



Publication Details

Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2010). An ethnographic approach to researching young children's learning. In G. M. Naughton, S. A. Rolfe & I. Siraj-Blatchford (Eds.), Doing Early Childhood Research: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (pp. 271-289). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.


Ethnographic research has its roots in anthropological and cross-cultural study In its broadest sense, it encompasses any study that aims to describe some aspect of the sociocultural understandings and practices of a group of people. Rather than offering a particular method for data collection, ethnography may be conducted using a wide range of methodologies. It should therefore be properly understood as providing us with a particular perspective on what counts as legitimate knowledge or, to put it in more academic and philosophical terms, as providing us with an epistemology for our research.

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