The Carnegie Scholarship
of Ted Nellen
Ecology of Learning
In the rays of the Palo Alto sun,
I'm contemplating the razing of the school
To raise scholarly issues
In praise of the ecology of learning.
My scholarship of teaching will be to explore the topic of the ecology
of education. This two year project began 7/99. It is reflective of our
Shulman, who explains scholarship as a trinity of
1. make it public
2. solicit peer review
3. encourage replication.
I will be working under these conditions, so your input is crucial, your
involvement is vital. It is interactive. It is the ecology of education.
My initial inquiry began into the nature of the classroom. I am
concerned with the inefficiency of
the classroom. I am investigating a model in which the change of the
ecology of the classroom, as we know it, will be replaced by a more
efficient classroom. Technology plays a
major role in that change. By ecology I am using a working meaning of the
physical plant itself, the people, and the business of education. As the
scholarship progresses, this will change and evolve and morph.
My laboratory is the class I teach called Cyber
English. This will provide you a glimpse of the microcosm I have
created so that you will have an idea of the macrocosm I will consider in
my scholarship. This hypertext environment will introduce you to my
previous scholarship, to the coursework of the class, and most importantly
to the work of my scholars over the past five years. It is the place and
the source of all my work.
My first step: Presented 7/12/99.
This provided me an opportunity to lay the groundwork with my colleagues
and to begin the process of inquiry into the direction of what I wish to
pursue. It demonstrated my previous scholarship and my curreent theory
and practice. It is a view into how I wish to proceed based on what I know.
These ramblings or narrative accompanies
the above PowerPoint presentation.
My Inquiry into The Ecology of Learning
Chaos to Order to Chaos...
So in the true spirit of scholarship I offer up my work for peer review
and welcome all comments. So please email Ted Nellen.
The temporary Carnegie Listserv
What I'm in most need of are readings:
books, journals, URLs.... So please send titles, even if you think I've
read it or not. Nothing is worse than not knowing a title which someone
thinks you have read and haven't. So it would not be insulting on your
part to suggest any and all titles of relevant readings you think may help
me unpack this. Thanks;)
© Ted Nellen 1999