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Excellent Model for a Micro-Ethnographic Study16 Nov. 2011
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There are two clear audiences for this book: child development specialists, and graduate students studying methods of qualitative research, particularly micro-ethnography. The book will be of interest to child development specialists for its findings on how 3 and 4-year-olds make use of role-play to co-construct their understandings of roles and relationships, plus it has an outstanding theoretical chapter. As an exemplar for students of methodology, the book is truly extraordinary. Corsaro narrates with loving detail his entree into the preschool playground, his establishing connections with kids, his use of video to record spontaneous play, his conventions of transcription, and his static and processual approaches to the analysis of play events. In these respects it is better written and more lively than a doctoral dissertation, but just as detailed and thorough.