"If we value independence, if
we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of
values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then
we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for
uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated
learning." ~Carl Rogers
The graphic above represents new
thinking as a result of my comprehensive examination on
December 3, 2004 which included a presentation and defense
of my electronic portfolio to a panel of professors and an
external review. During the presentation, questions and
answers, discussion and revision recommendations, occurred
that are now incorporated into this portfolio.
The scholar section of the
digital portfolio synthesizes my experience in the
doctoral program. Highlighted are my research interests
that have developed over the course of the doctoral
additional and supplemental readings and my plan of action
for a possible dissertation. The
original study plan of action I had in mind when I
presented is linked to this page and is now incorporated
into a new potential study area based on the
recommendations of Professor Hughes and Professor McGuire.
I hope to show that my
capacity for new thinking and scholarly work is grounded in who I am as a
person, learner and teacher and that I have sustained
both care and growth as an individual consistently over time.
that serves as a summative, reflective and evaluative
synthesis of the
entire doctoral program experience is found on a separate
page of the web site.
Link to portfolio presentation slide show.
theorists in downloadable PDF charts:
Doctoral Book List - Spring 2002
Additional reading list.
Research web sites provided by Professor Hughes.
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Additional Areas of
|Family Systems Theory as an Organizational Culture
I am a product, so to speak, of both
study and experience with regard to family systems theory. A
course at the graduate level and reading supplemented years
of family therapy at critical points in my life.
Understanding one's self in relationship to one's family of
origin can only lead to personal mastery. In family theory,
individuation is the process of differentiating from one's
family of origin and understanding the patterns of behavior
learned in the formative years in the family. A
differentiated individual functions as a separate self whose
behavior and decisions are not affected by the anxiety that
is often associated with family of origin relationships. Recently, I
have received books from the Georgetown Family Center
that apply Bowen family system theory to organizations. The
family systems frame could be added to the collection of
frameworks studied particularly for the leader's self-study
of his relationship to the organization.
Sagar, R.R. & Wiseman, K.K. (1982).
Understanding organizations: Applications of Bowen family
system theory. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown Family
Comella, P.A., Bader, J., Ball, J.S.,
Wiseman, K.K., & Sagar, R.R., Eds. (1996). The emotional
side of organizations: Applications of Bowen theory.
Washington, D.C.: Georgetown Family Center.
|Technology and Technology Integration in Education|
Before entering the St. John's
program, and while I was working for my school district as a
technology staff developer, I completed four graduate level
courses in the SUNY Stony Brook Department of Technology and
Society that focused on educational computing. Initially, I
thought that my research would be in this area. I maintain
an active interest in computers and education and hope to
return to this research area some day.
Kafai, Y. & Resnick, M. (1996).
Constructionism in practice: Designing, thinking, and
learning in a digital world. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence
Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.
Papert, S. (1980). Mindstorms:
Children, computers, and powerful ideas. New York: Basic
Tapscott, D. (1998). Growing up
digital: The rise of the net generation. New York:
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"Teaching should be such that what is offered is
perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty."