Learning “Computer”: A Task for the Age(d)?

My mother, 87, is more proficient that most users her age– undoubtedly because in her son-in-law and granddaughter are software engineers, her son is highly regarded in the computer systems security industry, and her daughter–me– has been involved in internet culture and education for decades. Still, she scolded me the other day that it is more difficult for older people to learn “computer.” Although I […]

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In Search of a Method

[ Responding to the last post.] What if the stories are the way in to an understanding? To worry that stories may not be “enough” on which to build an exploration is to negate the corpus of work on qualitative inquiry, particularly narrative inquiry, for example It’s through the stories that my questions take shape; my wonderings drift, connect, and I “see” what I am […]

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Research As Whiplash? Taking the First Steps

Research is a juicy term. Its definition seems straightforward, even simple. But it’s really more like a weathervane than an arrow. Therein lies the challenge. It obviously means a quest, or a search. For what? For information from which we build understanding and make new knowledge. In that way, research is forward-looking. The term research also carries with it the idea that searching is a […]

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