should i intervene or should i leave?

I'm rather incoherent for a proper post right now (grading, grading and more grading) but wanted to share some of the "discoveries" I've made in the course of grading my students' papers:

1. How to access sources?: Be creative!
A student doing research on a rather sensitive topic uses MySpace and CraigsList to find sources. The results are actually quite amusing.

2. What to do?: Can't tell, really.
Students researching the "war on drugs", female genital mutiliation and HIV/AIDS all ask how they would (hypothetically) react if their research participants had wrong medical information about their subject matter.

3. Who are we talking with?
Discussions of "research participants" versus "research subjects"; "Third World" folks; "Leftist" governments and so on.

4. Where does it all come from?
A student doing scientific research pointing out that the data she's using "used to be someone's words at some point". So often that point gets missed amongst the numbers we see.

5. Where did they all go?
This time around, there were a few kids who never handed in written work, hardly ever showed up to class and who couldn't be tracked down at the end of the semester.

E's disappeared so you'll be stuck with me until she returns. Yes, yous can join me in hoping she will be back soon

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At 5/15/2007 7:02 PM, Anonymous serena said...

sounds like a full plate for you. Are you enjoying the teaching process?

At 5/16/2007 9:31 AM, Blogger Priya said...

Teaching's fun though one doesn't ever get time off! Finishing dissertation would also be good and teaching (and working another part-time job) does take away from that :-)

Would love to catch up some time!

At 5/22/2007 10:25 AM, Anonymous serena said...

Well you are as busy as e...lol though she is up north these days with mom!

At 5/22/2007 10:25 AM, Anonymous serena said...

we will have to catch up sometime soon


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