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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: November 7, 2005
Latest Update: November 7, 2005
This outline was suggested by Shirley Dunn in transform_dom Message No.7940:"Jeanne,
"That was a great picture of class. I really enjoyed class last week. There is a real feeling of love in your class. It certainlly feels good to know that people still want to still care about others at school and all over the world. I have passed out several boxes and belive or not the people were really happy to get them. How are we going to find out how many cards and boxes have been passed around?"
Shirley, that's a good question - how many boxes and cards have been passed around, and how did people react? Because we are using grounded theory, that is, going into the field, doing things which we hope will create little areas of naked space in our families, schools, communities, the first step in our research procedure is to just go in the field, do something, like what we do in class, and see what happens.
The theory is grounded in the actual space we want to change (transform dominant discourse, remember?). Then we find that someone, like Shirley, is defining the next phase of the process for us. She feels "love" in class. There are those who aren't going to get that, so we have to come up with ways to "tiotul" - the word's not quite right; I'll have to look it up later - but it means to gently ask questions to try to bring out how each of us interprets that statement in our Dear Habermas classes.
I'll try. What do I feel in class? Intense excitement - that's Susan's term, so Susan and I have been using this grounded theory for over 15 years. By intense excitement I mean that I'm having fun, like the people in the class, even the "trouble makers who eventually come back into the circle of naked space, even if it takes a semester or two. I feel overwhelmed by how much we collectively know. I respect how much we collectively know. I've been asking Michael and Beau to give me quick introductions to language games and to Larouche. At that point there are no more "authorities" on who knows what. The naked space is comfortable with its nakedness. It doesn't need an "authority," but that doesn't mean that it isn't careful to check out its resources. Beau and Michael have been pretty intense about that. I also feel that I can tell stories in class, like Rabelais' frozen words, http://www.csudh.edu/dearhabermas/froznwd.htm ,and like Montesquieu's Polish Peasants critique of his own government. (coming soon). I feel comfortable in class. I feel trust. But I also feel worried that I can't do everything in fifteen weeks. I want to be sure you are familiar with the concepts and their application in the texts I would have used. That's a lot. I'm scared about that. But then, the naked space invests love in the worldview we are interacting with, so I figure I will find a way to share with you the tools you will need after the classes are over. I am comforted by the naked space.
How's that for starters? Now others can tell us what they're feeling in class, and we can try to give a representative description, visual and verbal, (and musical?) of Love 1A. Maybe something you will write will trigger another thing I feel. So our data collection will consist of sharing our feelings, and borrowing from one another some that we share but hadn't thought of.
Our description of these data will involve doing a content analysis of people's answers. We've done that twice already in Statistics 220. The statistics class will help us.
I didn't just make this stuff up. Read Shirley's comment, and see how I was able to turn what we were doing into a research project by a careful reading of her meanings. Because I am a statistician I think this way. As you become more comfortable with statistics, this is the way you'll want to think also, for your own benefit in analyzing the world around you, and for your professional skills to develop.
Then the second part of our evaluation of the Guelph World is covered in Shirley's second question: How are we going to find out how many cards and boxes have been passed around? Easy. Self report. We're going to ask you to tell us how many you shared, and how those you shared with reacted.
Then, maybe by the end of the semester we can ask randomly around campus how many people have heard of our activity and what they thought about it.
Then we could ask around the community, and ask how community groups heard of our activity and what they thought of it.
Then we draw conclusions on how we can improve our community efforts on illocutionary and governance discourse through naked space activities.
Well, Shirley, does that help??
love and peace, jeanne