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The Usefulness of the Anthropological Approach: Deconstructing and Contextualizing Caricatures

April 8, 2013 by


My Story into Anthropology Many many many many many many times I have been asked and ask myself why I’ve gone to graduate school in Anthropology and for “just” an M.A. at a state school. Well, I’ve had a pretty romantic view of Anthropology and scholarship dating back to my sophomore year in college in […]

Thesis Thoughts: Intersections, Audiences, Design for Learning

September 30, 2012 by


For my study:  contextualizing the student’s abilities:  Thinking of including a question about how they do with Dummies books, and how they follow instructions in context of assembling something. Really contextualizing the theoretical frameworks that I am working with, I’m at the intersection of navigational capital, situational cognition, cultural scripts, and infrastructures. Thinking of the […]

Realizations During Running: Satisficing and Standards

September 13, 2012 by


I realized that I’d been running not to “win” and “legitimately beat people” in races, I realize that I’ve been running to “survive” and “fit in.”  “Survival” is often in the narratives, the scripts of an entity on the margins, a state of beginning, an inexperienced novice trying to make it through something.  Like a […]

Thoughts, Thesis and Otherwise: Milieus, Communities, Conditionalizing

September 11, 2012 by


As I read my thesis, this thought came to mind:  Who are the interpretive communities, milieus of readers? Thinking also of language as an imperfect, “not-whole” tool.  “Not-whole” meaning “not all there” or “all put-together.”  Then thinking of “cultural scripts” in the vein of Jim Stigler, and how the “scripts” are words we’ve brought out […]

Textbook Definitions: Activating the Categories of an Expert’s Mind

September 2, 2012 by


Watched the Indian classic 3 Idiots a few weeks ago. Thinking about one scene where the main protagonist, “Rancho”, gives a simple definition of a machine with examples from real life. The professor chides him for that explanation. In contrast, the professor celebrates a definition given by another student who gives a spot-on “textbook”, complex, […]

At the Intersection of my Thesis Proposal and Life

August 25, 2012 by


Thoughts I’ve Been Having Street (1984) argues that when one teaches literacy, one teaches “not just about phonetics or technical ‘skills’ but about a whole approach to the use of one’s own language and control over one’s own life” (p. 15). (Costanzo 2009: 25) Thought about autodidacts.  They would be a foil against the idea […]

Garbage Categories – 8/15/2012

August 15, 2012 by


It’s been almost 10 years since I first started blogging.  That was 2002, this is 2012. I’m going to start yet a new thing, it always feels like I’m starting something new.  But this time it seems like it’s something that is easy for me…keeping daily logs of things I think about while in grad […]