Research Methods, Research Site
In this chapter, I describe the research methodology guiding data collection and data analysis for this research project. I begin with an explanation and justification of my use of the ethnographic method. I then describe the research site by detailing relevant information about the district, schools, and four teachers who were the focus of study in this research. I conclude with a detailed description of the procedures I used during data collection and data analysis.
In this section I discuss my orientation to and use of the ethnographic method that guided data collection procedures and analysis of this project. Because my major purpose was to see Proposition 227 through the eyes of teachers, I used ethnography because it was one of the best ways to understand what it meant to be a teacher in the post-