Review Essay: Educational Ethnography beyond Scholarly Ethnography. Transferring Meanings to Cyberspace


  • Daniel Domínguez Figaredo UNED Madrid



education, anthropology, educational anthropology, scholarly ethnography, educational ethnography, cyberspace, social education


"Readings in the Anthropology of Education" includes several texts by well-known writers on ethnography. These were specifically selected for teachers who developed their teaching in various (socio-cultural) contexts in order to complete their teacher-training in anthropological approaches and techniques. Taking ethnographic research as its core, the work introduces the main contributions of anthropology and ethnography in the field of education in three parts. The first part is about the evolution of anthropology and ethnography in the educational field. The second part includes texts by authors who specialize in ethnography within a functionalist and structuralist philosophy. The third part presents applied educational studies based on these approaches. In this essay I start from a global (re)vision of VELASCO, GARCÍA and DÍAZ's text. I look into the current state of methodological approaches and the ethnographic strategies described as well as into the application of them in the school in general and, particularly, in socio-cultural education. I present a reflection from cultural materialism about the structural and super-structural changes linked to recent technological innovations and how these innovations are shaping new ways of qualitative research and, in particular, ethnographies based on productions in cyberspace. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs060223


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Author Biography

Daniel Domínguez Figaredo, UNED Madrid

Daniel DOMíNGUEZ FIGAREDO ( has a doctorate and a degree in Teaching and Education. At present, he develops his educational and research work in the National Open University of Spain (UNED). His lines of research are concerned with the social-educative implications of the information and communication technologies and cyberspace. His latest work has involved analyzing the virtual forum of training character from heterogeneous perspectives, such as qualitative approaches and social networks analysis. He is also involved researching the relationships between virtual communities and educational process. He is Associate Editor, Latin America, for FQS Reviews.



How to Cite

Domínguez Figaredo, D. (2006). Review Essay: Educational Ethnography beyond Scholarly Ethnography. Transferring Meanings to Cyberspace. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(2).