Posts tagged with Education

More On The MOOC Thing

February 9, 2013 by and tagged ,

After completing my first MOOC (I reported on it here), I decided to go try out the major MOOC platforms out there. The dataviz MOOC I took with the Knight Center on Journalism in the Americas was offered in-house, so, I decided to go look up the big MOOC providers: Coursera, Udacity and EdX. I […]

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The Visual Du Jour – Where The Girls Lead

February 4, 2013 by and tagged ,

Now these are interesting regional patterns in terms science education and gender: This visual is interactive so go click on the link above. It is interesting to see that the US is not the only Western country where boys score better than girls. Actually most Western European countries are the same category.  On the other […]

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The MOOC Experience

December 9, 2012 by and tagged ,

So, the MOOC is over. It has been a very interesting six week but I made it. I completed all the projects and I am now waiting for my completion certificate. So, what has this MOOC experience been like? To recap, the MOOC I took was Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization, offered through the […]

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Book Review – Who You Claim

September 22, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Robert Garot‘s Who You Claim – Performing Gang Identity in School and On The Streets is a great and highly readable account of the life of high school students living in a gang-dominated area (mostly, Bloods and Crips). The book is based on a study the author conducted while volunteering to tutor students at risk […]

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Book Review – A Sociology of Gifted Children

August 25, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

What attracted me to Wilfried Lignier‘s book, La Petite Noblesse de L’Intelligence – Une Sociologie des Enfants Surdoués (“The Little Nobility of Intelligence – A Sociology of Gifted Children”)  is that it seemed to do what sociology does best: debunk commonsense notions and examine the social production of accepted ideas and practices. I was not […]

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Death By A Thousand Buzzwords

August 16, 2012 by and tagged ,

So, my workplace has three convocation days before the beginning of the term. Or, as I call them, “three days of doing nothing useful” where most of us would like it much better to be finalizing our preparations for the classes we will meet on Monday. During these days, we get exposed, courtesy of our […]

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Richard Sennett on Public Issues as Personal Problem

July 4, 2012 by and tagged , , , ,

In the Guardian, as part of the “graduate without a future” series: “But at a personal level, what should a kid do? One answer I’ve explored with my students is emigration. There are in fact plenty of jobs for British graduates in the Far East and in Latin America, where British degrees are in demand. […]

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The Visual Du Jour – The Good Life

June 15, 2012 by and tagged , , , ,

[Since it is an interactive visual, I decided to have some fun with Camtasia rather than just take a few screen grabs… and yes, I really sound like that.] A quick overview of the annual OECD Better Life Index, a really neat data set on a variety of social indicators, summarized in a very visually […]

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The Visual Du Jour – Visualizing Decline

May 14, 2012 by and tagged

Through higher education: As the article notes: “In the 1970s and 1980s, the US led the world on college enrollment. In fact, since the passing of the GI bill in 1944, America had been forging a path. That bill led to 2.2 million American infantrymen attending university in the 12 years in was in effect. […]

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Neil Gross Does Some Nice Debunking in the NYT

March 4, 2012 by and tagged ,

I know, I know, exposing Rick Santorum as hack, a hypocrite, and a pompous know-nothing is like shooting fish in a barrel but some people seem to believe he makes sense but the whole myth that commie college professors brainwash their students (if only!) and turn them into liberal socialo-feminazi zombies is so widespread that it is […]

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Book Review – Les Métamorphoses de la Distinction

January 9, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Philippe Coulangeon‘s Les Métamorphoses de la Distinction: Inégalités Culturelles dans la France D’Aujourd’hui provides an overview of the state of cultural capital and profits of distinction 30 years or so after, well, The Distinction, in the context of massification of higher education and public policies of cultural democratization and democratization of culture (and no, that’s […]

Posted in Book Reviews, Cultural Capital, Culture, Education, Public Policy, Social Inequalities, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Sociology, Symbolic Violence | No Comments »

Cash Transfer Programs for The Poor Work

September 5, 2011 by and tagged , ,

Hey kids, remember when I reviewed Just Give Money to the Poor, a book that analyzes the different cash transfer programs in the Global South, their modalities, consequences, limitations, and more importantly, their successes. These programs almost completely obliterate the stereotypes conservatives have regarding the poor and their supposed irresponsibility and laziness. Well well: “Conditional […]

Posted in Development, Education, Poverty, Precarization, Public Policy | 3 Comments »

Would The Members of The Precariat Please Stand up?

September 4, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This is another installment in a series of posts (here, here and here) I intend to write as I work my way through Guy Standing‘s The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. In this section, the main topic is the composition of the precariat and the consequences of such categories for society as a whole, in terms of […]

Posted in Book Reviews, Commodification, Corporatism, Education, Gender, Globalism, Globalization, Ideologies, Labor, Poverty, Precarization, Risk Society, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, social marginality, Social Stratification, Sociology, Structural Violence | 1 Comment »

In Which Sociology Rules (But We Already Knew That)

August 16, 2011 by and tagged ,

No, really (via Lisa Wade), which disciplines improve cognitive skills and critical thinking (read the whole thing for methodology and controls before screaming other variables)? “The gains came in clusters. At the top was sociology, with an average gain of just over 0.6 standard deviations. Then came multi- and interdisciplinary studies, foreign languages, physical education, […]

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Adventures in College Teaching – Plagiarism… Again

July 18, 2011 by and tagged , ,

(Via) You must read this disheartening and dispiriting account by Panos Ipeirotis on his discovery that over 20% of his students plagiarized. Bottom line? He busted them, but that took an enormous amount of time (45 hours… which incidentally is the number of hours of instruction in my classes for a 3-credit class). It got […]

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