Early in my academic career in
the Instructional Technology program at Wayne
State University, I asked an instructor if the field was
more interested in learning or instruction. Since then, I have
found myself immersed in a variety of related philosophical questions.
On a more personal note, I have
a lot of varied interests, many of which are oddly connected
to my interests in exploring the Meaning of Learning. I've been
playing ice hockey since I was a child and I've spent several
years as head coach of my son's travel hockey team. My thoughts
on this subject are explored in the March/April
issue (2002) of Educational Technology Magazine.
My family and I love animals
and our brood currently includes Rocky, an Akbash
Dog, Lola, our "British type" Golden Retriever
who came from Kyon Kennels
and Spike our cat. Interestingly, I've gained a lot of insight
into learning through my experiences with the Wolverine
Dog Training Club both human and canine!
For most of my vocational life,
I've worked in the field of learning and performance
improvement. In my International assignment at BBDO Detroit,
I was able to integrate my interests in cultural studies in an
applied setting, which I summarized in the March/April issue
(2005) of Educational Technology Magazine (see Crossing Cultural
Corridors: From Philosophy to Practice). I'm currently working
in strategic planning where I'm responsible for consumer insights.
Much of my current research involves a full-range of research
methodologies including qualitative, quantitative or strategic
studies, as well as alternative approaches such as ethnography
and observational research. I'm very excited to be attending
the first Ethnographic Praxis
in Industry Conference (EPIC) at Microsoft Corporation in
For me, cultural studies serve
as a bridge between my past and future. Perhaps Clifford Geertz
(1973) offers the best summary in The Interpretation of Cultures:
"I take culture and the analysis of it to be therefore
not an experimental science in search of law but an interpretative
one in search of meaning."