Center for Urban Ethnography


The Center for Urban Ethnography (CUE) was founded in 1969 with a major grant from the Center for Studies of Metropolitan Problems of the National Institute of Mental Health. CUE moved to the Graduate School of Education in 1976, where it undertook a series of funded research projects, including studies of urban literacy, urban neighborhood studies and research on a range of urban issues. The expertise of the staff and faculty associates of the Center for Urban Ethnography is nationally recognized in the areas of practitioner research, ethnographic research design, school/community studies, qualitative evaluation and technical assistance, and monitoring classroom instruction and learning environments.

Ethnography in Education Research Forum

CUE now convenes the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, the largest annual meeting of qualitative researchers in education, presently in its thirty-fifth year. The Forum has from the beginning excelled 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, multimodality and popular culture 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.

Forum Convenor: Dr. Kathy Hall

Previous Forum Programs

More Information About the Ethnography in Education Forum

Introduction to the 30th Ethnography Forum (Nancy Hornberger, Convenor)

Forum History by Nancy H. Hornberger, Convenor

Past Forum Themes and Speakers

Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education

Contact Us

Center for Urban Ethnography
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104