Keeping up with the journal Joneses

Early in graduate school journals were very inaccessible to me. I did not know where to start, or what to read once I found one. Over time I started to develop my understanding of where to start and what and how to read, but did not have a way of staying on top of them with some type of regularity. I tried to subscribe to RSS feeds through the journals' websites, or to follow the journals through social media or e-mail updates. None of these worked particularly well, despite receiving updates, with Read more ...
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Eating your veggies – and reading your handbooks

Luke Rapa described in a 2012 ideaplay post some of the things research handbooks "do": Articulate the history(ies) of our discipline, demonstrating the evolution of significant ideas and scholarship over time Highlight various, and often conflicting perspectives about issues that are central to our field, while encouraging us to wrestle with any tension that remains Introduce us to new scholars, helping us learn both who the leading voices are and what those voices have to say Initiate Read more ...
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Situations, Contexts, Practices, and Activities

I asked a question on Twitter last week about the meaning of activity and practice. My question was motivated (in part) by some light-hearted tweets poking fun at the use of "trendy" terms at the ICLS conference: "Something about learning, don't ignore context, alternative frameworks / the social." *cue applause* — Alt/ICLS (@AltICLS) June 26, 2014 This design conjecture maps the trajectory of social practice within the contested becoming of mediated knowledge development. #ICLS2014 — Read more ...
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Presenting at ICLS 2014

I will be presenting "Developing mechanistic explanations of phenomena: Case studies of two fifth grade students’ epistemologies in practice over time" next week at ICLS (the International Conference of the Learning Sciences) 2014 with Christina Schwarz, Li Ke, and May Li. Here is more information on the presentation: PAPER SET: Epistemic Practices of Evidence and Modeling Engineering Center Classroom Wing 245 Developing Mechanistic Model-Based Explanations of Phenomena: Case Studies Read more ...

The social construction of the practicum (a research experience that occurs prior to the dissertation)

In my program the practicum is a research experience that occurs prior to the dissertation -- and I defended my practicum on Wednesday to my committee members Matthew Koehler, Leigh Graves Wolf, and Andrea Zellner, and my friend Spencer Greenhalgh. In one sense, my practicum was a solitary experience. In another sense, my ideas were shaped through interactions from more knowledgeable peers - especially those of my my practicum committee members - but also friends and colleagues like Spencer, Michelle, Read more ...
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APA ATI on Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups

I will be attending the week-long American Psychological Association (APA) Advanced Training Institute (ATI) on Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups this week, after two of my friends who attended last year recommended it. Here is a short description: Although the topic receives little coverage in most textbooks on research methods, important advances have been made in recent decades in methods for psychological research involving racial and ethnic minority groups. The purpose Read more ...

On the beginning of the sociocultural perspective

Understanding the beginning of the sociocultural perspective has been challenging to me, because researchers appropriated older (and foreign) research. Rogoff (2003) described the history of the sociocultural perspective, which she defines as a psychological perspective that holds that "people develop as participants in cultural communities," and that "their development can be understood only in light of the cultural practices and circumstances of their communities -- which also change" (p. 3-4). Read more ...
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Mailing lists, newsletters, and listservs . . . oh my

Last year, while I took The Intellectual History of Educational Psychology (CEP 911) and became interested in cognitive psychology, I signed up for the cognitive science listserv (at MSU). Also last year, I signed up to receive the TPACK newsletter. Earlier this year, I signed up for the listserv associated with the Mind, Culture, and Activity journal. Finally, through special interest groups (SIGs) associated with the AERA and SITE conferences, I was automatically signed up for their respective Read more ...
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What is contextual teaching and learning?

Ralph Putnam and Hilda Borko published a chapter - "The Role of Context in Teacher Learning and Teacher Education" - in the book Contextual Teaching and Learning: Preparing Teachers to Enhance Student Success in the Workplace and Beyond.  I have wrote about my interest in studying "context" before and am currently working with my advisor on a book chapter on the importance of context to understanding teaching with technology for the Handbook of Research on Teacher Education in the Digital Age.  The Read more ...
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