Penn GSE Hosts 30th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum

On February 27 to 28, 2009, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania will host the 30th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, the largest such meeting of qualitative researchers in education in the world.

Shirley Brice Heath, a professor of education and anthropology at Brown University, will deliver the opening address on Friday morning. Her keynote speech will kick off two day's worth of presentations given by researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in the fields of education and anthropology.

The featured speaker Friday evening will be Kris Gutierrez, a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. The Saturday morning session will kick off with a joint presentation titled "Jarring Perception: The Potency of the Particular," by Patricia Carini, co-founder of the Prospect School and Center for Education and Research, and Margaret Himley, an associate professor in English at Syracuse University.

The two-day event will conclude with a Saturday evening plenary session in which Brian Street, of King's College London, will join Professors Heath and Gutierrez for a panel discussion. Nancy Hornberger, a professor at Penn GSE and  the Forum's convener, will moderate.

The Forum also features data analysis sessions, in which participants and faculty consultants brainstorm with presenters about data sets.

A student-run event, the Forum is being coordinated this year by Julia Deák and Karl Swinehart, both doctoral students in educational linguistics at Penn GSE.

For more information on the Ethnography Forum, go to

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