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.