This semester, I’m enrolled in a doctoral proposal course. The purpose of the course is to help students about to defend their dissertation proposal with a community of critical readers. It is a great idea, imho, to keep us on track during a time when many doctoral candidates begin to lose their way.
I recently had to present my dissertation argument to my fellow students. Few candidates are dissertation in my fields of interest: science education and educational technology, so I wanted to build my case very carefully for an audience outside of my area. Furthermore, most students are interested in quantitative research and while I’ve taken courses through advanced statistics, I’m far more interested in the types of questions qualitative research can answer, so I knew I’d have a lot of explaining to do.
Anyway, here is the ensuing Prezi. Some reflections on how the project was received after the jump.
Who I amI’m the manager of publishing and technology for The Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian Science Education Center, where I’m working to launch a new curricular product to align with the Next Geneartion Science Standards as well as create and connect science teachers with useful digital resources. In my previous work, I created educational science games for the Jason Project with National Geographic, and worked on an online professional development program for teachers for PBS. I’m finished my PhD at George Mason University where I specialized in educational research and evaluation methods. My thesis was a content and discourse analysis of science videos on TeacherTube.