"Discussion Questions on John Dewey and Don Ethridge"
Discussion Questions on John Dewey and Don Ethridge Where does Mills idea of journal file fit into this week’s question on defining a research problem? Are there other ways to integrate Mills suggestions with Dewey and Ethridge’s ideas? How does the extent of your familiarity background on a topic affect the scale of your research? Do you have to know everything before you can say anything? Can you be too confident or too insecure at the beginning of your research? Ethridge makes a distinction between decision and research problems. What difference does this distinction make, if any, in how you approach your research. If this is an important distinction how does Dewey address this problem? What does Dewey mean by an indeterminate situation? Ethridge defines a research problem as the difference between what is known and what is needed to be known or understood. How would you use Mill’s journal file idea to play with this idea? Ethridge talks about the importance of context and history in defining a problem. How would you use these to define your research problem? What role does theory or the neoclassical assumptions play in your problem definition? How does Dewey or Ethridge include these in their discussion? Ethridge talks about data collection and Mills talks about deduction in problem definition. Who is right and why? Where does Dewey come out on these issues? Procedural Issues Two-page papers are not summaries of the articles. Outlining and summarizing are important initial steps but they are no substitute for analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in the Bloom hierarchy of cognition sense. What is the difference in meaning when using “that” vs “ , which?” Use your papers as journal files in the Mills sense of the term. Make them cumulative and synthesize ideas. Process of journal filing is one of reading outlining (summary) notes (ideas) synthesis. This is useful procedure to keep in mind for your problem definition, literature review, and theory sections of your thesis.