It’s on like Donkey Kong: Dissertation update

So here is my little ugly duckling of a dissertation proposal, with data collection planned for this Fall. Wish me luck! Of course my hope is that it grows into a swan that helps push the field forward on theoretical, methodological, and practical levels, but, to be perfectly honest, I’ll be glad even if it… Continue reading It’s on like Donkey Kong: Dissertation update

My Epistemological Leanings: or how I know I know

Recently for my Introduction to Qualitative Methods course, I was asked to identify my own epistemological leanings, specifically in the context of how I design research studies. I thought it would be useful to post those musings here and check back in a bit to see if they still hold. As always, comments and criticisms… Continue reading My Epistemological Leanings: or how I know I know

Festival of Awkward: First Committee Meeting

According to my  handbook and my advisor, an initial gathering of my committee would have a few, relatively painless elements: I would discuss my career goals, talk about my research interests, and end up with a plan of courses I pledge to take over the duration of my program.  So in the past weeks, I… Continue reading Festival of Awkward: First Committee Meeting

Social Needs and Learning

I have been reading up on theories about social needs, and my favorite one so far is Baumeister and Leary’s 1995 article” The Need to Belong: Desire for Interpersonal Attachments as a Fundamental Human Motivation.”  It is a tad long, so be forewarned.  What Baumeister and Leary do in this article is to survey the… Continue reading Social Needs and Learning