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Chomsky

Chomsky's liberal and socialistic view expressed primarily in his work - "Manufacturing Consent." I am still trying to find someone who attended the talk/lecture in Laramie in the early 90s.  I watched the video again and am very interested in learning...

Alexander and Husserl

The Alexander article revolves around the term transcendental pragmatism—admitting the possibility of a view from somewhere, even if that cannot be agreed upon.  A good discussion is provided in this article regarding the different camps for educational researchers (positivist/anti-positivist) and...

Research and Truth

Descriptive Research Methodologies-Knupfer & McLellan The Knupfer and McLellan reading on descriptive research methods was informative.  The search for “what is” in descriptive research is based off of data collected through observation and from survey data.  The findings are organized so...

Research

Issues of Organization and Change in Educational Communications and Technology-Holloway At the time this chapter was written, the most common reporting statistic was descriptive and the questions of "who is buying" and what kind of technology is being purchased were important...

LTCA framework

The Learning and Teaching as Communicative Actions Theory (LTCA) is a framework building on the works of Habermas.  This theory "seeks to improve human communication towards instructional and learning goals" (Wakefield, Warren, Alsobrook, 2011, p. 568).  The four communicative actions...

Incommensurability, Technology Ethics

The dominating assumption of epistemology is that to be rational, to be fully human…..we need to be able to find agreement with other human beings—Rorty Incommensurability no common measure--http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/incommensurability/ Incommensurability is the idea that it is possible to see the world in...

Three views

The three world views/truths/hypotheses are: mechanism, organicism, and contextualism.  The Prawat and Floden article focuses on contextualism, and they feel that this is the best rationale for social constructivism.  It is stated that social constructivists agree that knowledge is a...

Metacognition and Empiricism

Learning strategies have been neglected in teaching, according to Bonner. This statement is a point that still stands out after reading this article a week ago.  Outlining what is read is a learning strategy.  Schemata or “how knowledge is represented...

Social Science and Learning Defined

In the introduction Bernstein discusses the purpose of the book - to argue that the study of society - or social science - is in fact a science worthy of its name, just as natural science is a true science....

Learning and Media

Three positions on learning are behavioral, cognitive, and constructivist.  The Etmer article discusses the need to bridge basic learning research and educational practice.  The approach a designer chooses can vary and the importance of understanding the different approach or position...