Category Archives: Ethnography

Something Larger: The Benefits of My Anthropological and Humanist Training

By MARTIN ORTLIEB Below are a couple of sketched observations why I feel fortunate about my training. I believe it helps me help the world in a time during which humanity faces many urgent challenges. (Forgive me, this is the … Continue reading

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“Obvious” Questions & Thinking Like a Child

By DONNA MARIA ROMEO, PhD. Have you ever found yourself talking to someone about a seemingly mundane subject, such as “your morning cup of coffee routine,” only to discover to your surprise that he or she doesn’t have a morning … Continue reading

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Elder Documentaries: Student Initiative Means Community Connection at a Visceral and Emotional Level

By TERRY LEE Terry Lee is an Associate Professor of English, with a specialization in journalism, at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. With a background in journalism, as well as a Ph.D. in British literature, Terry developed a … Continue reading

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Taking an Empathic Approach to Learning Through Community Based Fieldwork

By JOE BROOKS, Director, Community Works Institute (CWI) We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. (a video is included below) Alexandra is a science/STEM teacher from Long Beach, California who … Continue reading

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Oral History in the Digital Era: Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio

By ELENA FOULIS Throughout my academic career, I have looked at ways in which authors of fiction rely on personal and family memory to tell the stories of their characters. Writers like Graciela Limón, Gayle Jones, and Denise Chavez link … Continue reading

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Children of Shangri-Lost

By MAUREEN K. PORTER and SUSAN A. DAWKINS We are a group of youth in Pittsburgh who want to show the world that despite being displaced and sometimes forgotten, we have not forgotten who we are and what we have … Continue reading

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CommonLore—Building Empathy One Student at a Time

CommonLore—We’re Building Empathy One Student at a Time, by connecting students to the people of their communities. learn more: commonlore.org             CommonLore is a powerful place based service-learning and ethnography focused training and support program … Continue reading

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One-Room School Houses: A Living History Curriculum Unit

This article is from our Journal archives and is one of our top reads ever. Kathy and Dale designed and carried out this unit as members of the primary teaching team at The Guilford School in Vermont. Dale began planning … Continue reading

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A Student’s Conversation with a Ninth Generation Vermont Farmer

By ERIC HEIKKILA An interview by Eric Heikkila, 8th grade student. This was originally published in The Guilford Gazette, a long running student produced community newspaper in rural Vermont. We are republishing it now as an excellent example of an … Continue reading

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An Intercultural Student Project as a Path for Advocating for Immigrants

By REBECCA KENNERLY, TYSON DAVIS, and LYNDELL DAVIS Chatterton (2008) advocates a collaborative process that: 1) gives voice to the dreams and desires of real people struggling for justice and equality; 2) provokes productive discussion by bringing our community work … Continue reading

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