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Re: [xmca] Human Sciences Scholar life?

News from UK:


We don't have a "big society" research pointed by the government in Brazil,
but CAPES indirectly (and sometimes directly) says what we have to research,
as it is both the evaluating and the funding agency for scientific research
in Brazil (evaluation made basically by number of publications
in periodontics CAPES choose are worth publishing in). The humanities and
Arts keeps what is left behind, if anything...


On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM, Wagner Schmit <mcfion@gmail.com> wrote:

> Another video, this time "Simpsons" view of Grad Students
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XViCOAu6UC0&NR=1
>  <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XViCOAu6UC0&NR=1>Wagner
> On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 6:29 PM, Wagner Schmit <mcfion@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm a freshman in academic life... pursuing a PhD and already working as
>> temporary teacher at University and College. The only thing that makes me
>> still pursue an academic life is that i try to make my students think  about
>> the impact of their work in other peoples lifes, and that, i hope, my
>> research will bring something that may help people in their school  life...
>> But it is hard, no time to read, no time to write (the coordinator of our
>> research group always says "you need to publish"), all "free" time i have is
>> dedicated to prepare classes and supervision of  trainees. No weekend,
>> no holiday, no vacation and a very low payment (my students in the private
>> college i work have a better income than me).
>> But what worries me  most: who really reads what we publish? I see ideas
>> in the educational field pointed as "innovation", but they were already
>> presented by people like Dewey and Vygotsky decades ago... One of my
>> students, after a meeting with pedagogues of a high school, pointed out that
>> "all we listen and see is just common sense, where are the application of
>> all those researches you pointed? where are the educational theories?"
>> I point out that one of the works of Psychologists in School (since i give
>> classes to future psychologists) is to rethink school along side with the
>> school community (teachers, administration, parents, students)... This helps
>> articulate science and real life, but only in a punctual way (in the daily
>> life in school)...
>> What about academic life? what can we do to change it? Or, should it be
>> changed? Where are the academic debates, innovation and contribution to
>> society?
>> Those things make me sleepless sometimes
>> Wagner Luiz Schmit
>> Londrina State University - Brazil
>> On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 5:45 PM, mike cole <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I think all of us recognize this scene, Wagner.
>>> At LCHC we are discussing these issues. "We" includes grad students,
>>> post-docs,
>>> old people like me. We are lucky that the interpersonal alienation at
>>> LCHC is lower than that depicted (although it is in abundant profusion among
>>> those around us). But difficulties for grad students contemplating making a
>>> living in academia are pretty grim, especially outside of the presumably
>>> "non-ideological" areas of science and technology (where a different set of
>>> alienating circumstances are plentiful).
>>> We have no great revelations but we are grateful that we have adopted an
>>> intellectual stance that makes the study of human life in cultural practices
>>> our grounding. we are trying to work that into an implementable strategy for
>>> surviving graduate school and gaining acceptable employment.
>>> What are others doing? What more might we be doing collectively?
>>> mike
>>> On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 11:06 AM, Wagner Schmit <mcfion@gmail.com>wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> I wanted commentaries on this:
>>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obTNwPJvOI8&feature=player_embedded#at=201
>>>> Wagner
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