Re: [xmca] Test

From: Dale Cyphert (
Date: Wed Feb 08 2006 - 08:49:42 PST

Well, hey....since we need a topic, I've got a question that's been
bugging me for a while.

Is there an educational theory or literature that speaks to the issue of
training a whole community, as opposed to the education of individual

I am teaching in rural Iowa, where the collectivist values are strong
and peer influence is the primary mode of instruction. The end result
is a sort of learning by osmosis. As an instructor I often feel that I
have almost no influence on individual students, but there is a
discernable effect on the overall level of knowledge over several
semesters. I call it "teaching the tribe" but I wonder now and then if
there is anything I could really learn about how to do it better.

Some of the consequences are interesting, and I'm suspicious that they
aren't unique to my university.


Dale Cyphert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Management
University of Northern Iowa
1227 W.27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0125
(319) 273-6150

Phil Chappell wrote:
> Here is the reason for the quiet, from xmca IT expert BJ:
> "Weber was hacked, email has been a mess for two weeks".
> Maybe without the folk from UCSD here we can kick start a discussion?
> The last topic of any substance was word meaning, sense and concepts,
> with a paper from Peter S.
> Or maybe a new thread before the next MCA voted article? I still
> haven't got my Luria book/DVD - anyone care to comment on what they
> have experienced from either/both?
> Or maybe our efforts will be in vain due to hacks.
> Cheers,
> Phil
> On 08/02/2006, at 9:23 PM, Michael Erickson wrote:
>> Either it's been very quiet, or I've been bumped off the list.
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