Write a concluding reflection about what you learned over the course of the semester and what you feel you need more work to understand. Where will you go next? This goes in the Summative Reflection blog.
In the beginning of the course when much of the textbook reading was difficult to comprehend, I did get some insight into epistemology and behaviorism concepts. The one thing that really stood out for me was ‘common sense theory”, covered in Chapter 3 of the textbook (Rosenberg, 2016). Now that makes sense to me – pardon the pun.
I felt handicapped throughout the course when it came to reading and understanding much of the content of the textbook. I know that it’s important with respect to the academics of social sciences, but I felt that I could not connect with the content. Is there a Philosophy of Social Science – Book for Dummies out there? Enough said here.
I did get some insight into the major and minor argument assignments for this course. I think we (classmates) would have benefitted from more work and analysis of these assignments. I confess that my approach to matters is practical and if I can’t make sense of the issue/content I feel lost and that I can’t contribute to the discussion. I think that my recommendation for improving the course and other courses is to focus on tools and templates that enable us as graduate students to work through a given frame work to complete a research study. Don’t get me wrong, the underpinnings are important, but I think that providing some standardized tools helps us to focus on the content and not the process.
I think that since I’m in an engineering career field, I have a specific approach to learning and knowledge capture. When I teach, I take a constructivist approach to the subject matter. I present the instructional content in a systematic linear manner, building concept upon concept. This may be exclusive to my focus on engineering concepts where mathematics and physical sciences are the focus of all of my efforts.
Rosenberg, A, (2016). Philosophy of Social Science, Westview Press, Boulder Colorado