When checking out with your basegroup, we want to consider these three things:

(1) What 3 important things are you going to take from today?

(2) What are you going to do for tomorrow (report this to the whole class);

(3) How are you going to do it? (report this to class);


  • karen bedell
    karen bedell said:

    From today, I take away the following important things:
    The scientific model of “Understand, predict, and control”. I will keep this model in mind as I critique articles. This model was especially useful in analyzing the Berliner article since it forced me to consider what aspects of social science can be understood, predicted, and controlled, and conversely, which can’t be. I also have a better understanding of the section of this article that I “jigsawed”, which was the power of the context. This section articulated more specifically what I already believed to be true, that it is difficult to implement educational scientific findings due to the fluid nature of humanness. I also appreciated learning the jigsaw technique, which I’ve read and used variations of. I intend to use this technque with smaller sections of my upper level classes.
    I am excited about Cary’s research of the influences of social variables on learning. I enjoy studying just about everything to do with social psychology so I am considering which aspects I might research. I will read his study when I have time!
    Related to the above, I am curious about the applications of social interdependence theory to management and employee relations. For example, the company for whom I worked implemented “Champion Awards” which essentially pitted employees against one another ala, “My success depends on your failure”. No wonder the employees hated it so much!
    For tomorrow, I am going to read the position paper assigned to me and prepare to discuss it with someone who read the opposite view. I will try to imagine what supporting statements the opposing view will contain. I will also work on my section of the Derry assignment, read the statistics modules, and consider how I will create my online presence. I believe I will not sleep.

  • karen bedell
    karen bedell said:

    1. Keep brainstorming how to funnel my many research interests.
    2. Start making my webpage.
    3. See Dr. Floden’s work; look for potential research projects.

  • karen bedell
    karen bedell said:

    Wednesday Overlaps:
    1. Jack spoke of the language choices, discourse varying between the university world and the rest of the world.
    2. The importance of questioning our own assumptions-something I need to do more of.
    3. Conceptual frameworks examined in the Derry text and Jack’s presentation: Begin with a broad notion, narrow it, then ask, “but what” or “here’s the problem..”
    4. In reading, be sure to capture the author’s conceptual framework first. Don’t jump to criticism, don’t put words in his/her mouth. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. First, connect with the literature in an accurate way.
    5. Learn more about reference citation. I’ve never used a program for this, only the APA manual.
    6. Academic literacy is like the preparation of a legal brief-argue for a position, with conceptual and empirical support.

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