In our class syllabus, the requirements for the “Discussion Paper” paper area as follows:
“After your class presentation (and with the feedback you received from it), write a 5 page double spaced paper that attempts to theorize the findings from and conclusions to your mini study. This theory work should be based on readings and generative themes from the course, and authors should be cited appropriately. If appropriate, discuss implications for professional development and consider imaginative PD strategies that reflect the contextuality /de-contextuality of the strategy, as well as the ideological implications of the learning epistemologies.”
I want to share my understanding of theses requirements and my approach to fulfilling the requirements with the hope of soliciting feedback.
First and foremost, I don’t believe we are expected to generate “new” theory based upon our 1-2-3 Projects. After all, my 1-2-3 Project was a qualitative project based upon a very small sample size (9-interviews). As stated in the “Analyzing Qualitative Data” paper by Taylor-Powell and Renner, “a qualitative approach seeks to provide understanding from the respondent’s perspective” and “the goal of qualitative work is not to generalize across a population.” (p 9). Consequently, my interpretation of “theorize the findings” means that I will attempt to analyze my findings using the various analytical lens we studied during the semester. If I am wrong about this then please enlighten me.
Have stated my assumptions, I started my quest by re-reading Chapter 7, Implications for Theory by Dr. Judy Hunter in the of the Reading Work book. My goal is to get an idea about a possible “framework” on how to “theorize the findings from and conclusions” to my 1-2-3 Project.
The chapter provides a good overview of the two approaches to literacy we studied this semester, e.g. cognitive theories verses social practice theories of literacy. Additionally, it provides numerous examples of literacy problems that are either “misdiagnosed” or significant issues completely missed when using certain types of analytical lenses. Consequently, I hope to replicate this process in the context of my 1-2-3 Project.
Last but not least, I have started to review our past readings in general, and chapter 2 of the Reading Work book specifically (due to the many similarities to my project), searching for relevant information that I can cite to fulfill the requirement to “….theory work should be based on readings and generative themes from the course, and authors should be cited appropriately.”