On Ethnography: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research written by Shirley Brice Heath and Brian V. Street with Molly Mills is an overview of theory and practices of ethnography as used in language and literacy research. Drs. Heath and Street draw upon their extensive backgrounds as they explain how to plan, implement, and make public an ethnographic study. Ms. Mills, identified as a student ethnographer, provides the real-world example to the wider and more abstract ethnographic world of the authors. Illustrations and examples are concise and helpful to those new to ethnography, although the book will be informative to all students of ethnography.


Ethnography and Literacy Research

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Jan S. Chenail, M.S., is an adjunct faculty of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the Reading Department of Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. She is the spouse of Dr. Ronald J. Chenail, Co-Editor of The Qualitative Report and The Weekly Qualitative Report at Nova Southeastern University. She may be reached through Dr. Chenail’s contact information or by email at jchenail@comcast.net.

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Original volume and issue number from The Qualitative Weekly, an offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: Volume 1, Issue 8


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