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The Ethnography in Education Research Forum in 2018

This year is the 39th anniversary of the Ethnography in Education Research Forum.  A great deal has changed in the field of educational ethnography as well as in the world since the Forum was first created.  At that time, the Forum provided a unique and vital venue for ethnographers in education to come together to nurture what was then a fledgling field within education.  Since then, ethnographic research has become firmly established and well-respected within education as well as many other fields of study. And the Forum has been joined by numerous conferences on education and ethnography held each year across the globe.

So, as we approach our 40th anniversary, it seems like an opportune moment to reflect on where we have been and directions we might take in the future.  To provide an opportunity for this, we have decided to do something a bit different for just one year.  We are organizing an alternative Ethnography Forum in collaboration with another student group at Penn closely associated with the Forum, CAMRA (the Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts).

At this year’s gathering, we will consider together how the Forum and CAMRA can continue to nurture creative socially-engaged ethnographic work among a new generation of scholars, practitioners, activists, students, filmmakers, and community partners.

We will not be circulating a call for paper proposals this year and will provide more specific information about the dates and plans for this year’s Forum in the coming weeks. To be clear, we will not be accepting submissions for proposed papers or panels for 2018.

The traditional Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum/Practitioner Inquiry Day will resume in spring 2019.  A call for papers will be circulated and posted on this website in summer 2018.

The 2018 Annual Meeting

At this year’s gathering, we will consider together how the Forum and CAMRA can continue to nurture creative socially-engaged ethnographic work among a new generation of scholars, practitioners, activists, students, filmmakers, and community partners.

Conference Fast Facts

Presentation Guidelines

Submissions will not be accepted for 2018.  Please see the above section on New Directions.

Conference Leadership Team

Convenor

Kathy Hall
Associate Professor 

Administrative Assistant

Suzanne Oh

Practitioner Inquiry Convenor

H. Gerald Campano
Associate Professor

About the Forum

The Ethnography in Education Research Forum, convened by the Center for Urban Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) every year since 1980, is the largest annual meeting of qualitative researchers in education. The Forum excels in nurturing ethnographic research and researchers in schools. The Forum is known for its friendly and supportive atmosphere for fledgling researchers and for the spirit of relaxed and open dialogue embracing newcomers and experienced researchers alike. Areas of emphasis include: multicultural issues in education, practitioner/teacher/action research, critical and feminist ethnography, ethnographic evaluation in education, language issues in education, uses of ethnography in math and science, and indigenous language revitalization.

 

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About Practitioner Inquiry Day

Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Susan L. Lytle –both assistant professors at Penn GSE at the time – initiated practitioner Inquiry Day in 1987 in response to the burgeoning U.S. and international interest in teacher research, action research, critical action research, and participatory research. From the beginning, the intent of Practitioner Inquiry Day was to provide a space for educators to share their research in various formats, including papers, symposia, data sessions, informal group discussions, and more.

 

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Contact

Center for Urban Ethnography

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216
cue@gse.upenn.edu