On Data/Information

#481981193 / gettyimages.com There has always been a lot of information and data; what is different today is that information is easier to access especially because of the ever expansive global network facilitated by the internet.We are more connected today than perhaps any time in history. Images from Gaza or Ferguson are accessible as instantly […]

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What Is Comparison?

Word count: 170 In “What Is Comparison? Methodological and Philosophical Considerations”, Reijo Raivola states that “Truth amounts to the subject’s interpretation of a problem he or she is faced with solving.” This statement which can be classified as the basic tenant of cultural relativism theory asks the read to consider whether truth and meaning are […]

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Transforming Adult Education

Word count: 265 The article “Adult Education and Social Transformation” left me with two main questions: 1) What is the difference between adult education and work place education? 2) Is adult education the way to bring about workplace transformation? Groener implicitly argues that transformation of South Africa (SA) into the true “rainbow nation” that leaders […]

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Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Word count: 323 In reading Semali’s (2008) Cultural perspectives in African adult education: Indigenous ways of knowing in lifelong learning, the two things that kept coming to mind were: 1) the issue of labels in education and 2) the empowerment of indigenous groups to believe in the value their own knowledge. To make sense of […]

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Indigenous knowledge and Science

Word count: 208 In writing that “the historical origins and evolution of science within Euro-American cultures naturally causes its practitioners (today’s scientists) to embrace certain fundamental worldviews, epistemologies, ideologies, and values; all related to science’s origin and evolution”, I believe Aikenhead & Ogawa (2007) accurately captures the friction and superiority complex that some scientist from […]

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Botswana Research notes

This morning I administered a survey to a class of about 100 students. While waiting for the students to finish, the professor and I had a discussion about technology in education, focusing specifically on the use of mobile devices. His comments on classroom management and the metaphor of a fast car stuck with me. On […]

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UCD4D

A reaction to “User centered design and international development.” Dearden, et al (2007) The concept of User Centred Design (UCD) is predicated upon the idea that the needs of the end user are not only critical but must be considered throughout the whole design process. In a good design, “(1.) the user can figure out […]

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