In Dialogue with Educational Research

January 17, 2009

As a way of continuing to open up those intersections, particularly as people in the project focus on issues of going public and getting more systematic with the evidence of student learning, we thought we would ask some of the VKP participants who are in fields of education to suggest their favorite resources. Here are some responses.

From: Jan Connal (Cerritos Community College)

My suggestions include the following terrific books.

Regarding acts of qualitative inquiry:

Eisner, Elliot. The Enlightened Eye: Qualitative Inquiry and the Enhancement of Educational Practice. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Merrill, 1998.

Weiss, Robert. Learning from Strangers : The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview. New York: Free Press, 1994.

Regarding a body of research about college students, the most comprehensive compilation is:

Pascarella, Ernest, and Patrick Terenzini. How College Affects Students : Findings and Insights from Twenty Years of Research. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1991.

Christine Sleeter (CSU Monterey Bay)

Here’s my contribution, although it’s a little complicated. I find the work of Lev Vygotsky to be helpful, due to the way that he theorized learning as occurring in a social context. That fits with how several of the VKP projects are looking at student learning. He was a Russian psychologist, but much of his work has been translated into English and some of it is available on the web.

For an English translation of his theory of the Zone of Proximal
Development, go to:
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