International Journal of Art & Design Education

The Art of Research: Teachers' Affinity with Ethnography

Volume 10.3   1991



Although classroom research was once the province of 'experts' (educationalists located outside of school), there is now a growing involvement of teachers with action research in their own classrooms. Nevertheless, there are certain factors which may inhibit them from embracing the role of researcher. There is, for example, a disjuncture between the approach to classroom life which forms part of the practical skills of the experienced teacher and the approach to classroom life demanded by the research enterprise. Where art education is concerned, the experience of introducing teachers to research methodology has shown the value of ethnographic research for bridging the gap between art teachers' professional dispositions and those of the conventional research tradition of the social sciences.