All entries for January 2008
January 30, 2008
Just got the author’s copy from the publisher of my latest book. I’m just the editor, but it’s still great seeing my name on the cover. There’s a slight glitch in the preface, which will hopefully be changed. But apart from that it’s ready to be printed. The cover is below
This is what it says on the back about the book :)
January 29, 2008
Two articles on games in education
one about a system for networking students together in teams
and one about the use of personal response systems in schools
January 27, 2008
January 15, 2008
You can’t go wrong with pictures of kittens. Here’s one – her name is Pasht and she’s an Egyptian Mau. Any year that starts with a new cat can’t be all bad.
January 06, 2008
I’m doing a PhD in education – and two years in realised I hadn;t actually done anything specifically about education in the work I’d been doing. It’s a five year programme – so there’s time to address it – the only problem was that I realised this in the middle of my upgrade …
So I got my head round constructivism and behaviourism and situativism and all the other stuff – well “head round” is an exaggeration – I found a brief glossary and read that (it’s the LADIE taxonomy – very useful). I’ve also read a paper on metaphors of learning – acquisisiton and participation. And I’ve just come across something on Freudan and Lacanian analysis of learning.
Why this has helped is that it’s all enabled me to realise – I’m just not really very interested,
I mean, the papers are all very readable, and there’s some insights in there that could be useful – but it’s really not something I want to get bogged down into – actually understanding how people learn or what the competing theories are. I just want to know what they do and maybe how to make it better. The whole idea of postulating what happens in people;s brains when they do it just seems unnecessary – and too difficult to really determine anyway.
Superficial? Maybe – but it makes doing the literature review a lot easier – if anything mentions psychology I can just put it away and move on to the next thing.
Any other educationalists really go along with this – or am I letting the side down in a big way here?