gearing up to diss down
With my dissertation defense imminent (date to be announced in the next week or so), it’s time to figure out how to share stuff that may be of interest to my edufolk.
I’ll start with the absurdly long title of my dissertation:
Teacher Problem-Finding Ability Under the Influence: An Exploratory Study of Demographics, Experience, Environment, and Social Justice Stance
What in the halibut is problem finding? Do teachers do it? Do differences exist between how groups of preservice and practicing teachers do it? Jeez-o-flip. Not sure anyone cares about these questions which my dissertation research sought to answer. Apparently, no one cares about dissertations.
Beyond the absurdly long title of my dissertation, I’ll add a tidbit I used to frame my own definition of a teaching- and learning-related problem, “In problem finding, a problem is a question that arises during an inquiry. It is not a difficulty or an obstacle in life, but a desirable situation that one strives to find or create” (Getzels, 1987 and Jay & Perkins, 1997).
Getzels, J. W. (1987). Creativity, intelligence, and problem finding: Retrospect
and prospect. In S. G. Isaksen (Ed.), Frontiers of creativity research:
Beyond the basics (pp. 88–102). Buffalo, NY: Bearly Limited.
Jay, E. S., & Perkins, D. N. (1997). Problem finding: The search for
mechanism. In M. A. Runco (Ed.), The creativity research handbook (Vol.
1, pp. 257–293). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.