Chasing the Golden Unicorn:

A Critique of Objectivist Educational Research The following is an edited version of a paper submitted as coursework for the Educational Psychology program at the University of New Mexico in May 2012. There’s an old joke. Two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort. And one of them says, “Boy the food at this …

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Implications of Neuroscience for Education (Paper)

What Difference Does it Make? Implications of Neuroscience for Education May 2011. The accompanying video presentation is available here. When I applied to the Educational Psychology graduate program last year, I explained that my academic interests were focused on the question, “Are educational practices consistent with cross-disciplinary knowledge?” As I progressed through the program curriculum, …

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Implications of Neuroscience for Education Video

I prepared the following video, “What Difference Does It Make?” for an introductory neuroscience class, Biological Bases of Behavior. The textbook is the 1,300-page Principles of Neural Science by Kandel, Schwartz, and Jessell. My intention was to highlight seven points, or findings, from neuroscience that have implications for educational theory/practice. These findings include: One difference …

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Program Evaluation Proposal

A Proposal to Evaluate the Graduate Student Writing Studio DISCLAIMER: This proposal is hypothetical. No such evaluation has been requested. There are no plans to conduct such an evaluation, nor is the funding for the Graduate Student Writing Studio under review. Dr. Palm was interviewed for this proposal with the understanding that it was for …

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Quantitative Research Prospectus

Racial Color-Blindness and Context-Blindness (Quantitative Research Prospectus) Following is a research proposal submitted as a course requirement for EDPY 505, Conducting Quantitative Educational Research, Fall 2010. With the election of President Barack Obama, the phrase “post-racial” became a widely-used and often-debated adjective within the American mass media landscape. Among segments on both sides of the …

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Muraling Myths

Muraling Myths: A Qualitative Research Prospectus Fall 2010, based on this essay written during the previous term Abstract In this study prospectus, I pose the question, “What do University of New Mexico students, faculty, and staff think about the Kenneth Adams murals in the west wing of the Zimmerman Library?” This question presupposes that the …

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Methodological Review

A Methodological Review of Muslim American Youth: Understanding Hyphenated Identities through Multiple Methods by Selcuk R. Sirin and Michelle Fine In Muslim American Youth: Understanding Hyphenated Identities through Multiple Methods (2008), Selcuk R. Sirin and Michelle Fine document two years of research on what it means to come of age as a Muslim living in …

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WWbhD?

What Would bell hooks Do? (Regarding the Kenneth Adams murals in the Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico) June 2010 Per the objectives for this course, I have gained a greater understanding of how educational institutions reproduce social inequalities. I have also studied, and understood to some degree, the severe criticisms levied against these institutions …

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Changing Thinking

Changing Thinking (Reaction to Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society) After reading the first chapter of Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society, I felt something like a cheerleader rooting for the home team. With no significant exceptions, I agreed with his characterizations about problematic schools created by and perpetuated within by a problematic society (thinking about the U.S. specifically). …

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Problem-Posing vs. Problem-Solving

Problem-Posing vs. Problem-Solving (Comments on Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed) When I was searching the online catalog for an afternoon course to take this term, I knew I’d found something that would resonate with me when I read the description for this course. The topic of “foundations of educational philosophy” was one that pertained …

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On Conformity

On Conformity: Emerson and Thoreau Respond to Mann? (Comments prompted by Horace Mann’s On the Art of Teaching) Born within a generation, living and working within 30 miles of each other, and publishing seminal works within a six-year period, Horace Mann, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau articulated viewpoints about a contentious American ideal …

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