An ethnographic study of how doctoral students become researchers and writers, this book examines the dissertation writing process from the perspective of students, faculty, and advisors and offers pedagogical implications. Focusing on students from traditionally underrepresented groups-specifically Latino, African American, differently abled, and queer students-this book explores how students from two disciplines (Education and Composition Studies) who were enrolled in a year-long ethnographic research course developed into researchers and writers. The authors demonstrate that taking and writing field notes, conducting and transcribing interviews, and coding and analyzing data are all aspects of the composing process and these emergent developmental stages are key to doctoral students' performance and success.
Char Ullman is Associate Professor of Sociocultural Foundations of Education and Educational Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA.
Kate Mangelsdorf is Professor of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA.
Jair Munoz is Instructional Specialist of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA.
1. Why this study needs to be conducted
2. Thinking and Doing Team Ethnography
3. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Clusters of Developmental Stages
4. We're All in this Hot Mess Together
5. Diana: Teacher Identities
6. Susan, Laura, and Adrian: Space, Place, and Composition
7. Jason: Looking for What's Not There
8. Elvira and Isaac: Resisting the Form
9. Sergio: Listening to the Data
10. Putting It Together: That's What Counts
11. How Do I Work This?