Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Wondering Now

I just turned in my final project for the fall semester--a look at Social Network Analysis adapted as methodology for rhet/comp.  Hard-line SNA researchers often turn to mathematical sociology (half-seriously, I liken it to discourse analysis, peopled), heavy with formulas as probabilities for activity/system/org-phenomena, structural equivalence, and so on.  Basically, I wanted to sort the more general areas of network studies from SNA, tie in a few definitional pieces and key concepts, stake out the methodological layers of a few SNA-oriented future projects, get grounded.  Been a good project for that.  And yes, some relief in its completion.  Before the weekend, I have some grading to pace through; alongside that, leisure reading, a light read-ahead for the spring, and maybe a few days in Michigan at the end of the month if Ph. doesn't have hoops practice.

I didn't realize this would turn into another update (updates heaped upon updates lately).  But it does bring me to something I noticed on a science workbook laying open on D.'s workspace earlier.  She's plotting out the finer points of a science lesson for tomorrow.  The book, it has sets of questions to go with each of the labs.  Usual stuff.  Except the final question for every unit: What are you wondering now?

What are you wondering now?  Ought to end all semesters (projects, blog entries, etc.) that way.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at December 14, 2005 9:45 PM to Networks

Congrats, Derek. I know that was a heavy burden on you :) I, too, am glad to have that paper checked off the list. Though I can't say I am done yet...

Posted by: Kelly Rawson at December 15, 2005 11:37 AM

Last year at this time I was working under a different load. Few things add up like taking three and teaching two (and doing justice to it all).

Oh, and glad to see you're blogging. I didn't know!

Posted by: Derek at December 15, 2005 10:22 PM