Rene Grimes

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Rene Grimes
Posted 11 months ago
Using crowd funding and social media as the new medium for research.
Ok, don't laugh, but I'm a "purist" and don't own an e-reader. I'll figure how to download on my iPad. You should feel honored because yours is the first book that interested me enough to investigate e-books. (I much prefer the old fashioned method! Paper!...please no comments on going green. HA) As you can well imagine, because I am a teacher, I am very much interested in views of education. But...I am not about bashing. I DO bash...but then I have to think about solutions. There are plenty of people out there who can tell us what is wrong. WE (teachers) can tell you what is wrong. Fixing it is another thing altogether. Naturally I want to do research based on education, but educational methods/curricula based on neuroscience. It only makes sense to teach the way our brains are wired to learn. That means all learners. For students with cognitive disabilities or difficulties, we need to know what those are, how to teach these students, and have tools that are proven to do just that. No small order, right? My background is varied and includes special education and English as a Second Language. I suppose I can sum up my pedagogical ideas by saying any means that is proven to be effective for a "special population" should, in theory, be generalizable to the entire population. I believe Todd Rose is the one who addresses teaching to the extremes because there is no "average." That leads to the questions: Why our children are lacking number sense and what can we do---is my biggest concern. This is huge issue that follows individuals up through adulthood. I also want to know the effectiveness of various models of bilingual instruction. I am all for multi-lingualism; but I'm concerned about the ways models are being implemented --that is without fidelity of the model used to justify various programs. I want to know more than I have characters left to type! Sure, I think you have generated enough interest that you should create a mailing list.
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Rene Grimes
Posted 11 months ago
Using crowd funding and social media as the new medium for research.
I am waiting to hear more about this idea once you "go live," Daniel! As a recent graduate (MEd.), I am still very much interested in educational research. I feel my hands are tied without the use of data bases and principal investigators, much less the ability to have IRB access. Of course data base subscriptions exist and IRB's are available...but both are economically unrealistic. Moreover, I believe if we can create communities of researchers that may or may not be linked to research labs, we can move research ahead at a much faster rate. Systems thinking shows us that emergence of these types of collaborations are viable with the correct amount of feedback and energy. Energy, here, I believe is greatly tied to funding. Obviously the physical energy and mental energy is there or the researchers/innovators would not pursue this. I am working (volunteering -- because this means that much to me) with an emerging company developing education apps; as a teacher I am very interested in their work. I believe they could move their work forward with seed money, I could run studies in classrooms, statisticians could analyze data, universities with labs investigating similar issues could help provide oversight and access to IRB and data bases (or even run empirical studies in tandem). You can see the cycle. There are lots of issues to address, I realize, not the least of which are accountability, ethics, balance of "power"...but I think it is worthwhile to begin this type of dialogue. Not everyone who loves research wants a PhD; not everyone who has a PhD continues to do research. Daniel Kahneman teaches us that "experts" can't be expert on everything...innovations may will require innovative methods. Our global and digital society has never been more ready to tackle this.