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The Usefulness of the Anthropological Approach: Deconstructing and Contextualizing Caricatures

April 8, 2013 by

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]