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date: 26 February 2021

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Ethnography is a relatively recent form of inquiry in music education research in the United States that describes, analyzes, and helps one understand a particular culture. This chapter explores the process of doing ethnography in schools and in music education research. The chapter defines and describes ethnographic methodologies in education, including theoretical framework, participant observation, and data collection, and discusses the potential for ethnographic methods to contribute information and insights in music education research. Finally, the chapter looks at several examples of how ethnography is used in music education literature from the 1980s to the present, and explores the benefits and contributions of ethnography for music education research.

Keywords: culture, data collection, ethnography, ethnographic method, participant observation, theoretical framework

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