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Actualidades Investigativas en Educación

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RUIZ-BEJARANO, Aurora Mª. School micropolitics and flexibility in educational ethnography. Avoid uncertainty through the narrative resource. Rev. Actual. Investig. Educ [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.2, pp.512-533. ISSN 1409-4703.

This paper analyzes those features that the ethnographic case study research acquires within the school context. Committed subjectivity is the first of these features and it refers to the impossibility of detaching research subjectivity from the very research process. The second one is ethnographic research flexibility in education as a consequence of the uncertainty brought about by the dynamics of the school reality and its’ micropolitics. Through a completed research as the starting point, this essay aims to analyse and explore these features, reflecting upon the methodological tools available to be used by novel researchers when facing the dilemmas emerging from case studies in educational ethnography. This paper point out to the possibilities provided by the use of field notes and a research diary as relevant tools in the research process. By using them in an interrelated way, these narrative methodological tools give an answer to committed subjectivity, school organizations uncertainty and ethnographic flexibility.

Key words:

ethnography, school, case study, educational research.

Keywords : etnografía; escuela; estudio de caso; investigación pedagógica.

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