"Good learners, like everyone else, are living, squirming, questioning, perceiving, fearing, loving, and languaging nervous systems, but they are good learners precisely because they believe and do certain things that less effective learners do not believe and do." -Postman and Weingartner (31)
Great I-search reflection re: developing a topic and thinking about research methods.
I initially wanted to write my project on the marriage processes of my culture. However, even as I published that idea, I felt uneasy. Despite the reassurance made during class that the I-Search paper would need more secondary resources than primary, I felt that specific topic would sound more like gossip and motherly advice than actual concrete learning. My suspicions were confirmed the next day during a small conversation with the professor. It was during class, when the professor reiterated Swale’s six characteristics of a discourse community that I found myself thinking of the Muslim Students’ Association’s dawah (Islam-informative) branch. She passed out a paper with two columns: Know and Want to Know, and the six characteristics as six rows. The first characteristic stated that every discourse community has a broadly agreed set of common goals. ‘Obviously, they want to inform the campus on Islam,’ I thought as I checked…
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