All entries for January 2008

January 30, 2008

Another book

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

cover

This is what it says on the back about the book :)backcover


January 29, 2008

serious gaming

Two articles on games in education

one about a system for networking students together in teams

http://www.seriousgamesinstitute.co.uk/showcase/default.aspx?item=292

and one about the use of personal response systems in schools

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/education/28neck.html?ex=1359176400&en=caf3f7da2fb08d89&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss


January 27, 2008

Pasht at 20 days

Writing about web page http://meskhenet.co.uk/kittens.htm

pasht20days

Meskhenet Pasht at 20 days old.


January 15, 2008

Kittens

Pasht

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

More on PhD

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?


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