Serendip is an independent site partnering with faculty at multiple colleges and universities around the world. Happy exploring!

You are here


admin's picture
Welcome to the new GIF forum for 2006-07. Anyone can reply to a topic post (such as this one) for a single-threaded experience in the forums (like the old one). To start new threads, please contact me, Ann Dixon, or ask Paul, for an account.
Anne Dalke's picture

I re-joined the GIF conversation this morning after four months of living in Central and South America; it was a wonderful homecoming to the sort of lively backing-and-forthing that is I think the best of what i would call "researchable"; that is, of laying out our observations in public in order to make them open to criticism.

From my notes, what I found most interesting/helpful:

* given the height of human variability, there is NO GOLD STANDARD of communicable information

*the relationship between the domains of "truth" (knowledge-production) and "power" (control of access to resources, for finding truth) is a tight one, made tighter by the understanding that we NEVER (but NEVER) have all the resources/information we need to make informed choices

*there is always a leap, a guess between what we know and what-we-must-do (and this is what I think third-graders need to be taught...)

*given that some things are inherently more researchable than others, it is still important to work at "making researchable" those areas that have been thought not to be researchable

*"Do we make history, or does history make us??"