Intro to Qual. Research Methods – Reading from 2pm to 10pm… 6am to 10am

So this was the reading for this week on the topic “The Nature of Qualitative Research

  1. Merriam, S. (2002). Introduction to Qualitative Research”. In S. Merriam & Associates (Eds.) Qualitative Research in Practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. pp. 3-17.
  2. Miles, M.B., & Huberman, A.M. (1994). Qualitative Data Analysis: An Expanded Sourcebook.” (Second Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. pp. 1-12.
  3. Spindler, G. & Spindler, L. (1987). Teaching and Learning How to Do the Ethnography of Education.” In G. Spindler & L. Spindler (Eds.) Interpretive Ethnography of Education at Home and Abroad. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. pp. 17-22.
  4. Creswell, J. (2003). “A Framework for Design,” Research design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches” (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. pp. 3 -24.
  5. Becker, H. (1996). “The Epistemology of Qualitative Research”. In R, Jessor, A.
  6. Colby, & R. Shweder (Eds.) “Ethnography and Human Development.” Chicago: University of Chicago. pp. 53-71. 

And here are my notes:

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Understanding Learning Environments – Reading Notes & Comment

We were supposed get a quote from the reading which we found interesting, explain and post it for discussion online. Here’s mine:

“Programmed instruction, with or without machines, was quickly adopted by industry, but the education establishment was not impressed. It was as if the automobile industry had been shown how to build cars in half the time at the cost and had said, “No.” There were reasons for this, of course. The machines were crude, the programs were untested, and there were no ready standards of comparison. Teaching machines would have cost money that was not budgeted. Teachers misunderstood the role of the machines and were fearful of losing their jobs. Nor did a consensus in favor of adopting these machines exist among administrators, school boards, and parents.” (B.F. Skinner, Programmed Instruction Revisited)

It was fascinating to see that the fears and worries of those receiving educational technologies have remained the same for the past 30 years; the fear that the teachers would be substituted and that third parties try to tell schools how to do their job. Why hasn’t this fear been addressed. How come the educational technology industry has not worked towards reducing that impression?

I believe that a previous step is necessary to tackle the issue is to show the teachers and institutions how EdTech is here to aid teachers in process, not to substitute it. The statement at the end of the reading is very unfortunate saying that it is a teaching machine instead of a teaching-aid, since it implies that the machine really does it all and discards the teachers. Teaching-aid feels like a much more appropriate definition and use the “teaching-machine”.

Finally, to claim that the machine teaches is a stretch. It seems to be able to test users about some previously knowledge but not introduce new knowledge.”


The readings:

  • “Association of Ideas”, John Locke
  • “Walden Two”, B.F. Skinner, 1948
  • “Programmed Instruction Revisited”, B.F. Skinner, 1986
  • “Psychology as the Behaviorist Views it.”, John B. Watson (1913)


Notes on the readings:

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Tech 4 Learners – Week 2 – Class Notes

Another great class – talked about teachers as designers, assessment, learning styles and the approach towards creating effective learning experiences.

  • User Interface Designers (UI)
  • User Experience Designers (UX)
  • Learning Experience Designers (LX)



Brazilian Education – Week 2 – Class Notes

Day started out early with this class discussing the educational assessment history and issues in Brazil. The reading of “Três gerações de avaliação da educação básica no Brasil: interfaces com o currículo da/na escola” by Alicia Bonamino (2012) was quite interesting and helped understand a little more about the Brazilian history. Good debates but lacked a little structure…


Monday – no classes – but TONS of reading!

Dropped HCI this semester to maintain some level of sanity this quarter – it was going to be a lot of work and not so new to me – definitely want to take it next quarter.

For now, lots and lots of reading to learn about the basic theories, methodologies, best-practices and so on of Education.



Apple II e

I just realized how much this computer affected me and my career… I was fascinated by Logo… the Turtle you could program to draw on the screen… I was around 10 years old – my first glance at programming I guess… or making “art” with tech.