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Resources for Teacher Inquiry Communities: An Annotated Bibliography

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Author: Ann Dobie

Summary: This annotated bibliography of approximately 50 books focusing on a wealth of important designs, guides, case studies of teacher research, and much more was compiled by NWP’s Teacher Inquiry Community. Although published in 2007, it provides a rich resource for individual teacher researchers and those planning on leading teacher inquiry projects and professional development.

Original Date of Publication: July 2007


Based on the author’s work with student teachers, this slim volume is “a study of how ethnography (the study of culture) can be a useful tool for teachers in the classroom.” Each chapter describes an activity through which student teachers learned to observe ethnographically: notetaking/notemaking; neighborhood mapping; classroom mapping; ethnographic interviews; ethnographic case studies; and focused classroom observation. The chapter “Not Just for New Teachers” highlights the use of tools by experienced classroom teachers, but really the whole book is useful for any teacher-researcher looking to develop her observational skills. Each chapter ends with “further inquiry into ideas” and “activities to explore the ideas,” which teacher inquiry communities may find useful.


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Original Source: National Writing Project, https://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/1995

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