Educational ethnography has become part of the research tradition of both sociology and anthropology, that is, "research on and in educational institutions based on participant observation and/or permanent recordings of everyday life in naturally-occurring settings" (Delamont & Atkinson, 1980). While most graduate students of education will today be familiar with ethnographic research, this paper outlines a way in which first year students can also make creative use of some aspects of this approach.
During their professional education, pre-service teachers are expected to make the transition from the status of student to that of teacher. For some this is an abrupt and difficult process, while for others it is painless. All pre-service teachers are expected to acquire a professional identity and it is within this process that ethnography can make an important contribution.
Stevens, K. J.
An Ethnographic Approach to the Initial Professional Education of Teachers.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 7(2).