Ethnography

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Half the Sky

Hey everybody, I don't really know if this has any place in this Ecological Imaginings class, but maybe if we can imagine the preservation of women to be a form of ecology, not unlike the preservation of all plant life, animal life.

I just wanted to call everyone's attention to this excellent documentary currently being shown on PBS on Mon & Tues nights at 9:00 PM.  I imagine you guys have lots of time to watch films, yeah!  But this is an amazing series.

"Half the Sky" about gender based violence.

Here's the link to the first & second segment:

http://video.pbs.org/video/2283557115   

http://video.pbs.org/video/2283558278

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NGOs in Ghana – intial reflections on group project & trip

While in Ghana, I couldn’t help but think about my group’s discussion of NGOs in Ghana and their work, and compare these things to the realities that we saw on the ground. I still have a lot of questions, but my post is long overdue, so observations + questioning will have to be sufficient for now!

During our project, one of the more resonant questions for me was, “How do NGOs collaborate and is this collaboration successful?” I think this question guided some of my observations during the trip.

 

Observations: Looking around the Dalun Youth Association (DYA) building, I saw some posters, asked some questions. All this happened very quickly, so I’m not 100% this is the correct information, but I’ll relay what I remember and wrote down.

DYA exists to bring the youth together – students gather here and “because they are together, they are stronger and can advocate for the needs of the community, what they see the community needs to develop” (field notes), like new roads to Tamale (which I would also advocate for, for both selfish and unselfish reasons). DYA uses sports as a tool for development – in this rural community, athletic competition is a perfect way to bring people together, both young and old. Once the people are gathered, the youth can spread their message of change. And this message is much more powerful coming from a vibrant, organized youth group.

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The Story of Anthropology: How our Perceptions of the Development of Societies & Cultures have Evolved

Coral A. Walker

May 9, 2011

ENG/BIO 223

Dalke & Grobstein

Webpaper #4

 

The Story of Anthropology:

How our Perceptions of the Development of Societies & Cultures have Evolved

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The Story of Anthropology: How our Perceptions of the Development of Societies & Cultures have Evolved

Coral A. Walker

May 9, 2011

ENG/BIO 223

Dalke & Grobstein

Webpaper #4

 

The Story of Anthropology:

How our Perceptions of the Development of Societies & Cultures have Evolved

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A Defense of the Formal Education System (of sorts)

    This paper chronicles some epiphanies I have had concerning the formal education system. We have spoken in class several times of the need of formal education reform. We have detailed how insufficient the current system is in creating creative thinkers or even educated thinkers. We have spoken of how the system sets many people up for failure and disregards many other children whose minds work in ways different from the ones prized by our system. I wholeheartedly agree with all these sentiments, but as I think on them, my mind harkens back to two incidents: a conversation I had with my friend who attended school in Ghana and a book I read for pleasure.

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Empowering Teaching Assistant by Expanding Duties and Responsibilities

Joanne Townsend

A reflection on how teaching assistantship can be improved to benefit the students, the professor and also the T.A.

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Ethnographic Bifocals: Using Ethnographic Methodology in a Teaching and Learning Environment

 

A discussion about using ethnography techniques in classroom environment. One important element when noting these observations in class is to not add the assumptions that immediately then to follow.

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