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Answer the following questions in 25 words or less. Readings for the issues can be found on the specified pages.
Grounded theory avoids some of the problems off assuming a mathematical model, such as equating gender to male and female. Obviously there are many gender characteristics that are left out by such a rough and approximate categorization. Grounded theory begins with field study, seeking to allow the field to offer the categories that might make most sense, rather than imposing the ones to which we are accustomed.
We have some pretty strong expectations in terms of epistemology. Our society is very much biased in the direction of objectivity and scientific methodology. Thus, when we hope to discover new patterns of knowing it behooves us to approach the field to see if field exploration will dictate a different set of categories. That is precisely what was done in Women's Ways of Knowing.
Grounded theory is theory which begins with field investigation and permits the field data to define the conceptual categories as the subjects see them. Grounded theory attempts to give a better model of the world as we share it.
Stanton and Kohn are both saying that students must struggle for coherence and meaning in their college work. A's and goldstars do not bestow such meaning.
Jeanne adds that the discipline of seeking that meaning helps us develop and expand our ways of knowing. When people speak of the pain of learning, it is the pain of this struggle towards meaning and integration, not the pain of taking tests. And the joy of learning is the joy of finding such meaning. Trust me on this. I'm right. jeanne
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