Proposal Title

Acting Theoretically: Blogging as a Way to Turn Theory into Action

Proposal Abstract

The title of this session is drawn from a Blog I am writing for students as a part of my instruction in an introductory course on Cultural Studies. Students also author their own Blogs with the expectation of building a Burkean Parlor that, in time, develops into meaningful action. Drawing upon previous research on student agency and channeling dissent, this presentation considers the usefulness of blogging as a means to build student confidence with the theoretical course materials. Through discussion and commenting on the Blogs, through surveys and polls, and through reaction papers, I am mapping students' receptiveness to a fundamental change in thought that results in concrete action. I am interested in measuring how carefully ordered blogging activities provide students with the scaffolding to help them construct a productive engagement with the world's problems. I am in the midst of a two - year process of collecting data. Attendees will be introduced to the research on building agency, and I will discuss how to develop Blogging activities in courses.

Location

Room 2911

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 8th, 3:00 PM Mar 8th, 3:45 PM

Acting Theoretically: Blogging as a Way to Turn Theory into Action

Room 2911

The title of this session is drawn from a Blog I am writing for students as a part of my instruction in an introductory course on Cultural Studies. Students also author their own Blogs with the expectation of building a Burkean Parlor that, in time, develops into meaningful action. Drawing upon previous research on student agency and channeling dissent, this presentation considers the usefulness of blogging as a means to build student confidence with the theoretical course materials. Through discussion and commenting on the Blogs, through surveys and polls, and through reaction papers, I am mapping students' receptiveness to a fundamental change in thought that results in concrete action. I am interested in measuring how carefully ordered blogging activities provide students with the scaffolding to help them construct a productive engagement with the world's problems. I am in the midst of a two - year process of collecting data. Attendees will be introduced to the research on building agency, and I will discuss how to develop Blogging activities in courses.