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Institutional Ethnography

  1. Meg Gebhard

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0543

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Gebhard, M. 2012. Institutional Ethnography. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Institutional ethnography (IE) is a method of inquiry that describes institutional situations in detail and analyzes how people's actions and interpretations make these situations recognizable as particular kinds of institutional contexts (Smith, 2005).


  • discourse analysis;
  • language and social interaction;
  • research methods in applied linguistics;
  • second language acquisition;
  • interactionist language studies;
  • literacy