Here's another OHS/DKR possibility for alternative education?
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> Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 15:36:05 -0500
> From: "Jeffrey T. "
> Thanks for all of these!
> Reading all of these great questions & answers brings me to a larger
> question: Is there any kind of list for folks interested in Bearden's
> work? I'm thinking of a Yahoo Group or such, something that could get
> people together who are interested--such as all of those folks who have
> written Tom, and all the folks like me who are trying to understand it
> in a comprehensive, logical way. I went to school and received a B.S.
> Electrical Engineering degree so I have a big interest in debunking much
> of that material that I learned. What I'd really like to work on
> building is a Bearden Textbook, (maybe a series) which approaches the
> basics in Electromagnetics from the more comprehensive understanding
> that Bearden has....start with the basics about "charge" etc. and have
> lots of call-outs that reference how earlier textbooks have described
> the concept. I don't think it has to be disparaging of the standard,
> university-taught electromagnetics textbook material of today, but
> rather it should treat standard-textbook EE concepts as simply
> "outdated" just as we treat any earlier works of physics which taught
> incomplete, outdated concepts.
> Anyway, to start such projects requires some brainstorming and support
> so I thought I'd ask and see if any such online group exists to discuss
> Bearden's work ("Yahoo Groups" is just the one that I'm familiar with
> since it is easy, etc. and I've created these for a few other topics.)
> Lawrence, KS
Jack Park wrote:
> The particular light that shines on my work is the one that illuminates
> issues of pedagogy. While google-surfing representational literacy this
> morning, and following a meeting yesterday with the folks at
> http://www.eoe.org, in which the topic of discussion was informal learning,
> I landed on the web version of a book I had known about for several
> years. It's found at
> http://www.ils.nwu.edu/e-for-e/nodes/I-M-NODE-4121-pg.html and here's just
> one of the nodes in the book. The book originates in 1994, and many waters
> have flowed under bridges since that date. Comments after that.
> "Engines for Education is about what can be done to change education now.
> This is not a work of fantasy about what might exist one day. Nor is it an
> academic tome which presents irrelevant theory. Rather it is a work which
> applies what we know about how people learn to the design of computer
> software that can revolutionize the schools. A large portion of it is
> dedicated to discussing specific examples of such software. This book is
> about what we can do today to make learning fun, to make learning less
> stressful, and to build a world of thinking citizens. This book is about
> harnessing the power of the world's experts so that they all will be
> available as needed by students who want to learn from them. This is quite
> possible to do using today's technology.
> Computers are already in the classroom. Unfortunately, for the most part
> what is there is awful. To date, these computers have been used to play
> games and to teach children to run spreadsheet programs. Until now no one
> has cared enough about education to begin to build what is needed. But
> enough is already known about natural human learning to start the process
> of change via the computer. Computer software can change the way we learn
> in school. This book discusses what needs to be done and how to do it."
> I cite this on the unrev list because the book offers an example of a way
> to organize materials, one of Doug Engelbart's "views." Each node
> (chapterette?) is comprised of a concise body of prose, followed by links
> of all sorts, including "where we came from", "what's next",
> "alternatives", and so forth. In my view, this online document seems ripe
> for a D3E adventure, complete with an IBIS dialog about many of the topics,
> followed by, or coincident with a ScholOnto mapping of the contents.
> Why on earth would one be interested in all that effort? My idea: the
> creation of a portal devoted to the evolutionary discussion on
> pedagogy. And, the creation of a massive OHS/DKR-driven NIC for educators,
> learners, parents, funding sources, and more. Your idea?
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