Society for phenomenological and existential philosophy

In their own words…
SPEP is the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, a professional organization devoted to supporting philosophy inspired by continental European traditions.

With a membership of over 2500 people, it is one of the largest American philosophical societies, and strives to encourage work not only in the philosophical traditions of phenomenology and existentialism, but also in all those areas commonly associated with ‘continental philosophy,’ such as animal studies, critical theory, cultural studies, deconstruction, environmental philosophy, feminism, German idealism, hermeneutics, philosophy of the Americas, post-colonialism, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, philosophy of race and queer theory.

We foster discussion on all philosophical topics, from art and nature to politics and science, and in the classic philosophical disciplines of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. SPEP is actively committed to philosophical pluralism and to the support of historically under-represented groups in the philosophical profession.

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EThOS for online theses

ethosHead to http://ethos.bl.uk to get access to thousands of online theses and see what others are doing – handy for my exploration of phenomenology – need all the help I can get!

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Sabbatical time coming up…

I have been offered (and have accepted) 8 weeks of sabbatical time to focus on my EdD! Given what has happened, this comes as a surprise and for the next few weeks there will need to be a shift in focus and a dropping of pretty much anything else work related.

One of the decisions to make is whether to Blog or not to Blog? To what extent would blogging be good for capturing the journey and keeping others up to date with targets? The literature surrounding this is generally positive – particularly in providing a contact with the outside world for the ‘isolated’ researcher and for capturing the ephemeral, tacit, anecdotal things that might be useful later.

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eclipseHere’s something that you don’t see every day! Thanks to a piece of old negative I was able to take this photo quite safely. The birds didn’t quite stop chirping but it certainly went cold.

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New reflections

thinkBelow are links to pages containing personal reflections about a number of issues related to technology education, students research study etc. I have put a brief explanation here but they are also on separate pages to make them easier to reference – shorter URLs!

The Technology Education Imperative
Some personal thoughts on the importance of technology education in it’s widest sense  – not just formal schooling.

Research Study
Reflecting on differences in approaches to research study.

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Sharing a little light

Ever witnessed KS2 children struggling with crocodile clips, bulb holders and bulbs? Apart from matching the right bulb to the batteries they do take up quite a bit of space. Curiously I have not seen many primary schools using LEDs – they are quite simple really.
LED and cell
Here’s one set up with a simple 3V coin cell which is sitting in a piece of slide-binder plastic. Watch this space for a great idea to use these in a design and make activity.

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International Journal

IJQMFor those of us getting to grips with research methodology (could be a life’s work!) this journal presents some useful papers. As they say in their own words:

The International Journal of Qualitative Methods is a peer reviewed journal published as an open annual volume (formerly quarterly), web-based journal by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology at the University of Alberta, Canada, and its international affiliates. Our goals are to advance the development of qualitative methods, and to disseminate methodological knowledge to the broadest possible community of academics, students, and professionals who undertake qualitative research. IJQM provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research available free to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This open access is funded by an article processing fee.

Click on the image or go to: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/IJQM/

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