Scientific Approach in Education

Too often we find students of education interested in delinieating sources of knowledge and the nature of science, as well as the nature of research.

These are the categories determined by researchers Ary, Jacobs, and Razavieh. That approach leads to finding the nature of problems and the sources of problems which easily identify population and variables. Easy to determine intelligence tests should not be considered as measures of innate or « pure » intelligence. It seems to me that it is easy to use factors that are partly dependent on the background of the subject.

One of my favorite research books is the seldomly used « Rural School From Within by MG Kirkpatrick, B.S. and Ph.D. Kirkpatrick cites simple testing and usage in use in past decades. The fact that Kirkpatrick has to bow down to the past practice of rural learning and teaching in 1917, before World War 1, does not diminish his embracing of the student who has to go to school at a point when the largest discipline problem is whether or not the largest student in the class can learn to follow the teacher’s learning practices.

A tall young man might reject the teachings of his teachers. Some students must learn on their own. According to the author, the one agency which touches the life of all country people is the rural school. Children of today’s schools can learn to behave as well as the young male student who sees little in his lessons that touch his life. Students of the early 1900’s had to give up their lives to help out the mechanized farm life. Study was not necessary.

Conversely, intelligence tests did not measure intelligence. Rather, it measured life of many years later. The results of the growth of male children towards the teacher, is often cited by Kirkpatrick as the reason for bad behavior by the full-grown students. They want to continue on with their adulthood by exercising their rights. One of their rights of this day, was the right to prove their adulthood by waging war on hidden enemies. I still have a friend that wants their draft board back. He is remarkably out-of-step. We step from protective environments to unprotected, kill that man or I kill the next, philosophy. In WWI to current day, there is always plenty of exposure of the baser incentives.

I told a man who collected hours as a pilot in an F14 that I believe that generations tend to not change. When you are in your twenties, you are interested in finding a mate, starting a family, overcoming poverty, and having children. The generation before yours was probably involved in many of the same things. Later generations will try to encapsulate those things that were important to their growth. There will be some challenges. Your former best friend might use your growth format for measuring how much more advanced her children are than are yours. And you may not find the comparison fair. But it often is.

So I believe that we do « measure the subject’s ability to perceive relationships, solve problems, and apply knowledge in a variety of contexts. » (Page 191) It cannot get any more personal than that.

It is the old adage, « the more things change the more they stay the same. » There are on-line treatments for couples or groups. There are always administrative diagnostics at home. Those can help us to find our way in a pandemic. Every group has some part of small group audio issues. That is just the way communication swells and embellishes our world.

In his book, « House Divided » it is common to read what appears to be truth in these fictional pages. It follows four generations of a Civil War family and tries to encapsulate various specific behaviors of these highly charged family (ies). It contains great sacrifices which continue to mount today. Life is difficult. Time is precious. People are sacrificed.

Lowell, Massachusetts is drawn to the happenings in the fictional book, although Lowell’s sacrifices were real and are etched in the granite in the Memorial Library. Over 700 men died in the many battles of Lowell, including the first two in the war, Ladd and Whitney. They are buried in front of Lowell’s majestic City Hall.

I have a good friend who sees each move to be threatening because it is based in history. He would reject all of my arguments to date. If you mention something which is modern he is fine. But come up with an argument on something that happened in 1066AD, he will scoff and say « history, » There is a lot more history than there is modernity.

That is the end of my diatribe. Things happen. People live and die. And, in this pandemic we are keeping track. Tonight’s death count is 12,000 plus. I just looked at a fine bit of sun’s charm, with the

rays hitting my computer. They formed a make-believe star. It was just my imagination, but it looked like a star. The sun cast the brightest hue on the computer screen. It looked glorious, and I will remember it.

Where do we go with our imagination? Anywhere. Life begins anywhere, and giving life is the ultimate thrill. This week, I have a new grandnephew, a brother who is a father, two new grandchildren, and a totally unreliable interest in politics. Add to that my sister’s three grandchildren, my other sisters’ grandchildren, my grandson, and others and my life is pretty full. Enjoy yours. Oh, and I cannot forget my older grandchild who will be going to college soon. I have been studiously watching « Forrest Gump, » holding onto his successes. Hopefully, I will find a few successes myself.Open block settingsOpen publish panel

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