Fund or Fail: The Fear of a Doctoral Student- via Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture

Funding forms the pivot of much work that takes place in the doctoral realm. The security of funding is not only for the work to actualize, but for the very sustenance of a student who is pursuing the study of a particular topic. Additionally, in terms of ethical conduct, it is important that the student discloses her funding sources, especially when it might dictate the result or conclusion of the student’s work.

What would it mean for those pursuing minorities studies at a time when public funding is on the decrease?

Moreover, my research interests lay in exploring various social identities and the strengths and oppression that come with them. When one considers that many of the available funding dollars are held by systems that are implicated in, or have benefited from, the systemic oppression called out by such research, a creative imagination is not necessary to see how funds might be harder to come by.

Read a personal account by Kahlil C. DuPerry here to understand the conundrum of working with limited funds and the ethical dilemmas surrounding various sources of funding.

Media Literacy For The Future: The Real Solution For The Challenges Of The Digital Era- via Brussels Talking

 

As an undying advocate of EdTech and all things digitally-enabled, it would be hypocrisy to not bring my attention to the dark side of the digital era. Enabling a critical approach to information (in the times of fake news and multiple perspectives on all situations) and critical thinking in my students are the two best ways of countering an overload of stimulation by data. The need is not only to bring your students attention to the possibility of data being incorrect and misleading, but also equipping them with tools to recognize these malpractices.

For the next generations to be ready and empowered against the dangers of the digital world, it is imperative for them to understand the challenges of the digital age by promoting media literacy at the core of education curriculums while focusing strongly on critical thinking. However, what does that mean? In short, as defined by The Foundation for Critical Thinking in the USA, it stands for “self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking; actively and skilfully conceptualizing, applying, analysing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication”. In this context, with torrents of information and online data, it is a necessity that they become critical thinkers when it comes to sharing their data, coming across a piece of news that seems inaccurate or looking for statistics that companies use in their advertisement.

Read some of the ways to do this in the rest of the post here