April 18, 2005
Ethnography as Pedagogy
It strikes me that upper managment would be very interested in SNA, for it formalizes the often hard to get at inter-personal dynamics that impact relationships in workplaces. It would give them data they can use to justify taking particular actions and as Cross, et.al. point out, "Being peripheral because one is inaccessible is a different coaching process than if one is not considered safe" (119). Absolutely.
I'd like to connect up with something Jen said in Chris's post, "I guess the question(s) becomes (at least for me) how can we begin to make the shift from knowledge as commodity to knowledge as communal through SNA or the web or our classrooms?"
This is a concern I share. I wonder if part of an answer may lie with what is said on the Selected Bibliography of the Cross essay:
This work is making clear the large degree to which people learn how to do their work not from impersonal sources of information but through interactions with other people
This bumps up against an essay by Amy KM Hawkins, that I just ran across at Kairos: Bytes and Sites: Ethnography as Writing Pedagogy in a Digital Age; specifically, When ethnography and technology meet.
What do you think?
Posted by mhansen at April 18, 2005 02:02 PM
Hey, Mike...when you say "bumps up against" do you mean not in agreement with? 'Cause I think Amy's essay fits nicely with "learning through interactions with other people," yes?
Posted by: di at April 18, 2005 02:45 PM
It's Marcia, and sorry about that. I should have said "connects with."
Posted by: Marcia at April 18, 2005 02:51 PM
Oh, god Marcia! I'm sorry! I was reading kinda fast...and that's great about the connects! I totally agree. Amy's essay(s) are really pertinent to work in a couple of other classes right now--so thanks V. much for this!
Posted by: di at April 18, 2005 03:00 PM