EDUC 7620, Learning Community of Practice
Course Instructors: Phyllis Balcerzak, Theresa Coble, Thomasina Hassler, Carl Hoagland, Timothy Makubuya, Keith Miller
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January 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm #1369
I think we talked about posting potential areas of interest for research here during our class on Wednesday. That way, we can start to see how groups with aligned interests might start to form out of our larger cohort. At least, I think that’s what we discussed. So, here goes:
I’m particularly interested in focusing on how we train the future leaders in Heritage Leadership. What are the traditional paths to leadership roles? What are the barriers faced by those seeking to grow as leaders? Where are there opportunities to improve training? And, where are there opportunities to expand traditional knowledge development of interpretive leaders to include skill in approaching issues related to relevancy and inclusion, challenging conversations, and collaboration.
I know this is still far too broad, but it’s a start. Anyone thinking along similar lines and want to play??
January 28, 2017 at 1:12 pm #1370
Also, a few of us were brainstorming a list of keyword for literature searches last night (because that’s what we do on Friday nights). I pulled it together into a google doc at the link below. Let me know if you have any trouble accessing it. You all should have editing rights.
January 29, 2017 at 3:39 am #1371
Thanks Tom for getting us started with this blog on Research Topics. My research topic interest surrounds the NPS attempt to have a clear message across all Civil War related sites by acknowledging the true and main reason our nation went to war against itself in what would become a four-year war that continues to eclipse any other war in terms of total casualties and deaths. What was initially a tepidly received program to link the Civil War to Civil Rights, many NPS Civil War site managers were reluctant at best and opposed at worst to place slavery as the main reason the war began due to local pressures, regional and national political climates or even personal views of our common past. I’m very interested to research leadership approaches to raising this conversation to the level where a deeper debate can take place in our nation via our NPS Civil War sites and beyond as a healing process. If our country is going to reduce racial and ethnic tensions, as well as institutionalized racist policies, we as a nation can no longer interpret these important events from opposite viewpoints in the face of overwhelming evidence. The social justice contributions from this research could result from a better understanding of our own history and recognizing how we got to mass incarceration, mandatory sentencing and our current situation even after the important victories of the Civil Rights era.
My apologies for my ramblings and I’m obviously still working through how this will all tie together, along with my current work with commemorating sites of memory and battlefields overseas.
Tom, just as a side-note, I made it to your Google Doc but when I tried to add something it said I would need to ask you for permission.
January 29, 2017 at 4:46 pm #1372
I would like to echo Tom and Jeff’s aspirations and anxiety regarding our desire to construct a research topic. I feel that we all have various gifts and talents that we offer to our cohort. We need to bear in the mind that “we are in the best position to lay the framework for future cohorts in constructing research, addressing gaps in narratives, constructing curriculum, and adhering to socioeconomic disparities among the rural and metropolitan communities and the polices that perpetuate the cycle.
Personally, I didn’t initially conceptualize utilize the 21st Century foundations in my research, but the tools and assignments that we have done are easily woven into lives. We may not be able to touch Social justice, education,sustainability, and “Fish and Wildlife” (SHout Out to my pal Michelle Donlan holding down the fort…..literally.)
We must remember
1. Feel free to contact people from the panel. Their emails were copied in our mass emails in January. They have been helpful so far.
2. Tom, That was a masterful list. It would be nice if we had editing privileges.
I would like to add ” Parks Proximity, Access, Socioeconomic, and Comparative Rural & urban.”
These words were helpful for my research idea.
Best of luck to us all,
P.S. When reviewing journals, pay close attention to the section that reads
“Future research considerations”
this will give you some ideas of what too look for for your study, what errors to avoid, and “related searches” as well.
January 30, 2017 at 10:27 am #1373
February 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm #1376
My interest in devising a research topic is motivated from my personal experiences and historical wrongs by United States against oppressed minorities. I would also like to piggyback Tom, Jeff, and Joshua’s research interest which seems to parallel and complement my areas and topics of interest. A vital part of a heritage leader’s role revolves around a transformative mission and vision of facilitating change or creating dialogue to investigate social justice issues of concern. In my role as an advocate for Special Needs students and Juvenile Offenders my primary focus involves addressing controversial issues such as school pipeline to prison policies and laws, informal and formal school reform, and marginalization of African American male teachers in nation’s schools . I am also interested in researching the primary causes of the civil war to grasp a better understanding of the root causes that set the stage for systemic schemes and strategies that perpetuated structural and institutional racism. Other areas of interest that intrigue me are breaking the cycle of generational poverty, miseducation, and addressing gaps in narratives. Each one of these topics are near and dear to my heart because they have a profound impact on minorities and other oppressed cultures in achieving full equality of opportunity. The following topics share a direct correlation with a flawed Democratic government which seems to be the guiding force in setting the stage for decades of inequalities and disparities against people of color. I am also interested in creating dialogue to construct discussions on humanitarian problems that confront modern day slavery and environmental issues.
Other possible topics worthy of discussion and research is modern day slavery and environmental devastation of the earth’s natural resources. These topics seems to manifest in the form of covert and overt oppression of minorities in the United States and other countries throughout the world. In the US covert racism tends to be disguised and interwoven into complex laws and policies that have created a huge divide between the 1 percenters that control a enormous portion of wealth in the world and the 99 percenters that seem to be stagnant, complacent, and disenfranchised from mainstream America. Although overt slavery was the norm in the US prior to civil rights struggle, it remains a common problem today in third world countries where corruption is rampant, governments have a weak infrastructure, and poverty and famine are of epic proportion. Kevin Bales described many of the atrocities associated with modern day slavery in great detail in his book Blood and Earth. In his book he discussed the huge profit earned, the horrific conditions enslaved people are forced to endure, and the cycle and system of entrapment utilized by captures to trap oppressed people into a life time of slavery. As a member of the heritage leadership transformation team my primary responsibility consist of exposing and educating the public about these relevant concerns that continuously have a horrendous and devastating affect on oppressed minorities and cultures.
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