Monday, July 28, 2008

Informal aspects of everyday learning

Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day: Questler: "Quests in Questler are mini-blogs of information categorized into 6 types, Query, Observation, Discovery, Research, Media and Story. Each of those types represents an informal aspect to everyday learning."

Got to try to track down the theoretical underpinning of this social networking application but it make sense to me as a heuritsic if nothing else.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Knowledge is in the Telling

Excellent resource describing the activities of a scholar-practitioner.
Good distinction between an action researcher and a field researcher, highlighting the usefulness and limitations of analytic induction.

References the dramaturgical approach,- drama as a tool for inquiry- and the importance of iterative story telling.

Also has a description of the use of the narrative vignette device.
The Knowledge is in the Telling
follow the link on the page to the Circle of Inquiry. This heuristic extends the action research cycle and places dissonance, raising questions, looking closely, searching broadly, making sense, taking action in a circular arrangement.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Rag & Bone Blog � Myopic Books Paperback Chair

The Rag & Bone Blog � Myopic Books Paperback Chair

MchLuhan was on the money again. Can't find the exact reference but I think he was talking about how the work of the scribe is still around but as an art form rather than as a functional social tool.
I saw this repurposing of books as art in the form of a chair as a manifestation of the same sort of thing. Just like the cave drawings had social meaning and significance but are now regarded as cave art.
Digital text sources make books an anachronistic art for, possibly beautiful but non-functional.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lawley--Bourdieu Paper

Applying Bourdieu's theories of the Sociology of Culture to cyber- culture.
References Howard Rheingold "Virtual Community"

Some ideas from the paper.
Study of CMC has been tool oriented approach need a better understanding of the impact of computer technology on human behavior and interaction.
Lawley--Bourdieu Paper