Dereliction and Fire

Text Talk
I debated the merits of crafting a preamble to this excerpt, and as I begin typing, I honestly haven't decided what to say about it. So we'll see... I read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Early on in my reading, I became angry. I graduated from a high school named after this man. We did not read his words. At various points, teachers or administrators recited quotes of his, or summarized the "highlights" of his life. Our mascot, school paper and yearbook were all symbolic of him. But we did not read his words. We did not spend time in an English class, nor a history class, nor an extracurricular making sense of his life. Glaring omission seems too quiet, too meek, too gray to…
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I am a Renaissance Soul

Productivity, Temple Building, Text Talk
The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine My rating: 3 of 5 stars I enjoyed rediscovering this book. A friend (Ratogi) suggested it years ago when I was having a bit of a professional identity crisis. I bought it right away, but I didn't get very far for some reason. I held on to it the past six years, never giving it a second thought. As of late, I've found myself at a professional crossroads (again) and without intending to, I stumbled across this book on my shelf. I flipped to the introduction and recognized myself in the first few lines: Do you feel a pang of envy when you hear someone say, "I've always known exactly what I…
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Another Step in Autoethnography

Temple Building, Text Talk
The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel about Autoethnography by Carolyn Ellis My rating: 3 of 5 stars I appreciate the author's effort to make research methods and ethics more accessible to novice scholars. Unfortunately, the attempt fell flat. There seemed too much attention to making this a "novel," when the text was not about characters. The characters (a mix of composite and actual people) were used as a vehicle to explain the history, methods and challenges of doing autoethnographic work, but more often than not, writing "through" them got in the way of the very information the author was trying to get across. It was stiff and stilted, and eventually I gave up reading it as a novel. In a moment of frustration, I turned to the table of contents…
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Now Reading

Temple Building, Text Talk
Cognitive Psychology and Instruction by Roger Bruning So far so good. I love this kind of stuff and have since elementary school (Not kidding). At any rate, thus far I find the material accessible and interesting. Definitely not light reading, but a good review for those who've had some introduction to the topic. Also good for educational researchers wanting to better understand (and design research to test/improve) instructional strategies. Lastly it's a good foundational text exploring principles that learning designers need in order to be most effective. Still early on in the book, so we'll see if my thoughts change later. View all my reviews
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Temple Building, Text Talk
Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning: A Guide for Educators of Adults by Patricia Cranton I've just started, but I'm enjoying Cranton's book. She has a readable, accessible style and she's doing a nice job at integrating her discussion of theory and practice. As an outsider to adult education who finds kinship with transformative learning for many reasons, it's nice to find a primer with both heft and practicality. View all my reviews
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Adding to the Toolkit

Temple Building, Text Talk
I just completed Seidman's Interviewing as Qualitative Research. It was everything I didn't know I needed. I'm grateful. I am teaching Qualitative Research Design this semester and as a first time prep, I've had to review/reread materials I read as a student of the course and investigate new resources. Seidman is someone I'd seen cited often by fellow doctoral students who were conducting in-depth interviews for their research. As I wasn't, I never thought much about him or his work. My advisor, Janette, has taught the course previously and she graciously offered to help me with the course design. She shared her readings, and his text was on the list. I'd read Patton's work as a student, but found it wanting. I went with Seidman and was instantly glad. His…
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