RE: [xmca] Grad studies at UD: Sociocultural and Communal Approaches to education (SCA)

From: Eugene Matusov <ematusov who-is-at UDel.Edu>
Date: Fri Nov 23 2007 - 14:44:00 PST

Dear Mike and everybody--

In response to Mike's request, I want to add the following info about our
SCA program (Sociocultural and Community-based Approaches to research and
education) at the University of Delaware (School of Education). Tony Whitson
and I are part of the program. Please feel free to pass this info to
prospective grad students who might be interested to apply (our deadline is
on February 1st, 2008). We are in our second year of existence and we are
fast growing program in terms of faculty and grad students. Please do not
hesitate contacting Tony or me, if you have questions.



Eugene Matusov, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
School of Education
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716, USA

fax: 1-(302)-831-4110

Sociocultural and Community-based Approaches to research and education (SCA)

The SCA specialization views education as contextual, dialogic, and
relational. We recognize that learning is shaped by institutions, cultures,
communities (including on-line communities), practices, technology, and
histories. We are interested in how teachers, students, families, community
members, and the society at large "make sense" of the principles and
practices of education in complex and sometimes contradictory ways. We seek
to investigate the purposes of education and to create models of equitable
quality education.

Our perspective includes, but is not limited to, research done in the area
of situated cognition, critical pedagogy, feminist theory, disabilities
studies, and so on. It also encompasses humanities-based approaches, such as
philosophy and history; sociocultural approaches, and social science
approaches grounded in sociology, psychology, and anthropology.

The SCA specialization emphasizes the development of expertise in conducting
high-quality research on significant issues in sociocultural and
community-centered approaches to education. We also strive to prepare
teacher educators who will engage preservice and in-service teachers,
educational leaders and policy makers, and families and students in the work
of examining and developing educational communities.

For me details please go to

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tony Whitson [mailto:twhitson@UDel.Edu]
> Sent: Friday, November 16, 2007 5:53 PM
> To: Eugene Matusov
> Subject: [xmca] Grad studies at UCSD (fwd)
> Eugene, this might be an opportune moment to post something about SCA.
> Tony Whitson
> UD School of Education
> NEWARK DE 19716
> _______________________________
> "those who fail to reread
> are obliged to read the same story everywhere"
> -- Roland Barthes, S/Z (1970)
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 12:51:48 -0800
> From: Mike Cole <>
> Reply-To:,
> "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <>
> To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <>
> Subject: [xmca] Grad studies at UCSD
> I am sure a lot of XMCA members are associated with interesting grad
> programs. Below is the one I spend most of my time on
> although I also participate in psychology and cog sci. There is a
> group
> here very interested in issues of mediation and development
> as well as disability studies. If you know of interested students,
> have
> them check the full web page at
> Perhaps others will post similar notices?
> mike
> ---------------------------
> *Who comes to UCSD's Department of Communication?*
> Some arrive with undergraduate backgrounds in history or economics,
> sociology or literature, political science or psychology. They might
> have
> grown dissatisfied with conventional disciplinary boundaries that do
> not fit
> their sense of the important questions concerning an increasingly
> global
> world. They may chafe at social and political theory that largely
> ignores
> media institutions or cultural phenomena such as nationalism or gender,
> or
> they find unsatisfying the analysis of texts in literary studies that
> ignores how people read and use texts in daily life. They are looking
> for a
> field of study more open to the world beyond the university walls than
> they
> have found in other quarters.
> Others arrive here after having worked in the mass media and grown
> disenchanted. They love the news business - or film or television or
> art or
> computers - but want these worlds to change. They need perspective,
> they
> want to understand, and they return to school.
> Communication at UCSD provides an unusually rich intellectual climate.
> With
> a faculty that maintains a foothold in a variety of other disciplines
> in the
> humanities, arts, and social sciences, students gain a broad exposure
> to
> contemporary intellectual currents. On the other hand, this wide array
> of
> intellectual delights requires an autonomy and self-discipline on the
> part
> of students greater than in most graduate programs. There is no "one
> true
> path" to a doctorate in this program. Rather, there is great variety in
> the
> theories and methods the faculty maintains students should master.
> Therefore, there is not only more support for intellectual adventure
> than in
> many departments but also more room for intellectual floundering. The
> department understands this and places great emphasis on close faculty
> advising.
> We consider our graduate students to be among the most historically
> sensitive, theoretically sophisticated, and intellectually cosmopolitan
> of
> any communication students in the country. We are pleased that several
> of
> our first doctoral students are already teaching at other leading
> programs
> around the world.
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