Navigate / search

The Next Ragged University Event...

13th November Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to listen to ‘3D Printing: no-hype, promise, just extraordinary art and design!’ by Ann Marie Shillito - plus - 'Cerebral Diabetes and the Reversal of the Flynn Effect' by Mike McInnes....

Click Here For Event Listing

Rhetorical Techne, Local Knowledge and Challenges by Alex Dunedin

Taking a prompt from reading Elenore Long’s work on ‘Rhetorical Techne, Local Knowledge and Challenges’, I found the text resonant with experience and have developed a derivative digest around her narrative.  By comparison, it is possible to understand the chosen similarities and differences between her authentic expression, and my authentic expression as I present it.

[Page 13 Elenore Long; Rhetorical Techne, Local Knowledge and Challenges; Rhetorics, Literacies, and Narratives of Sustainability, Peter N. Goggin (Editor); Routledge (June 8 2009) Publication Date: June 8 2009; ISBN-10: 0415800412] Continue reading this article “Rhetorical Techne, Local Knowledge and Challenges by Alex Dunedin” »

The Multiple Functions of Education: a digest by Alex Dunedin

As education serves multiple functions, it is undesirable that its content should fall into the hands of any single predominant interest…

….for the same reason it is undesirable that the practice of education should be unduly influenced by the values of sectional interests. The practice of education should be open to influence from as wide a variety of sources as possible. Continue reading this article “The Multiple Functions of Education: a digest by Alex Dunedin” »

Ethnocentrism and Country of Origin Effects: The Country of Origin (COO) Effect by Doreen Soutar

This literature review is divided into three main sections: This section looks at The Country of Origin (COO) Effect…

Introduction

Complementary to research on internal and external influences on purchase behaviour motivation, research has also been carried out which looks at the intrinsic and extrinsic cues individuals use when making purchasing decisions. The intrinsic cues are based on the product itself, such as the quality of the materials it has been make from. The extrinsic cues are those which are not directly related to the product, such as the brand label or the price. Some researchers (Lantz & Loeb, 2006; Okechuku, 2004) suggest that the country of origin of a product can be a stronger cue for purchasing behaviour that brand name, price, or quality. Scottish whisky or Egyptian cotton are prime examples of the COO effect. Continue reading this article “Ethnocentrism and Country of Origin Effects: The Country of Origin (COO) Effect by Doreen Soutar” »

The Free University of Nottingham: It Would Be F.U.N. by Mike Scott

Education is in a mess. At one end, the Government is intent on bringing back rote learning for Infants while at the other, potential university students face a lifetime of debt and Adult Education has all but disappeared. The idea of lifelong learning for the pleasure and the knowledge rather than the qualification is a distant memory.

There are of course some organisations that were set up to cater for those without access to formal education: the most common of these being the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and the University of the Third Age (U3A), but neither of these are in a position to fill the current “education gap”. The WEA has suffered massive funding cuts and now concentrates almost exclusively on qualification-based and Return to Work courses and U3A is restricted by recruiting only from retired or semi-retired over 50’s. And both are often too expensive for someone out of work or on a low income.
Continue reading this article “The Free University of Nottingham: It Would Be F.U.N. by Mike Scott” »

Piyush Roy Introduces Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish by Rituparno Ghosh

On Monday 5th May Piyush Roy gave the following introduction to the Indian film Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish (2012).  It is one of contemporary Indian cinema’s most empathetic engagements with gender expression and trans-experience.

A son contemplates changing his gender because it will allow him to adopt a baby with his male lover. But how does he take into confidence his parents, and the society around. His mother offers, “I gave birth to this body, which is yours… I have a right to know, whatever goes on in this body. I have a right to know, if it is changing, transforming…” Continue reading this article “Piyush Roy Introduces Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish by Rituparno Ghosh” »

Learning How to Survive Outcomes and Measurements Culture by Alex Dunedin

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them” – Albert Einstein

The above quote was an ominous introduction to a paper which came to shape educational practice across the world.  In 1995, Robert B Barr and John Tagg at Palomar College in San Marcos, California demanded “a new paradigm for undergraduate education”.  Their famous paper From Teaching to Learning – A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education” was published in Change magazine.

Continue reading this article “Learning How to Survive Outcomes and Measurements Culture by Alex Dunedin” »