introduction, graduate study?

Doreen Nelson doreennelson at
Fri Sep 21 17:43:42 PDT 2001

Not sure where you live and if you are interested in having an experience
with k-12 education.  Check out and our MA
degree in Design Based Learning. You'll find test results and examples of
citizen building.  We have a project in Japan, and one with kids who were
expelled from high school, and are doing a project with the Art Center
College of Design in Pasadena.  Lots of diversity.

I too have been a watcher with Squeak as I've seen it develop since I've
worked with Alan Kay. You'll see references to Alan.... he used this
methodology in his Vivarium project. I think Squeak is brilliant and would
like to apply it to my methodolgy.

Feel free to contact me after you have a look.  A new group starts in
January 2002.
Doreen Nelson, prof, California State Polytechnic University, at Pomona

> From: Lyn A Headley <laheadle at>
> Reply-To: squeakland at
> Date: 21 Sep 2001 16:59:46 -0400
> To: squeakland at
> Subject: introduction, graduate study?
> hello squeaklanders,
> My name's Lyn Headley, and although I've been following squeak as an
> outsider for several years now, I haven't yet moved beyond playing
> with it.  Discovering the squeakland site made me think that might
> change soon, as I realized the deep correspondence between the
> project's goals and my own.
> My undergraduate background is in computer science, and I'm interested
> in building citizens.  I have arrived by way of the "virtual
> community" route, and thus still take a (currently web-)
> community-centric approach to the citizen-building task.  Two of my
> current intellectual idols are paulo freire and amartya sen.  My
> favorite programming language is Common Lisp, but free CL
> _environments_ are currently still in the dark age.  Squeak obviously
> shines here.
> I'm looking for a graduate school for next year, and the
> interdisciplinary nature of my interests makes the search a bit
> haphazard.  What I have found is the "Science and Technology Studies"
> rubric, which I hope, given the right environment, would afford the
> flebibility to develop my research goals.  Other possibilities I have
> discovered include Engineering and Public policy (CMU and Wash Univ/St
> Luis have programs).  I would also consider the right program in
> philosophy, sociology, computer science, education, political science,
> etc.  The degree program title does not interest me.  The scholarship
> and environment are what matters in my view.
> My ultimate goal is to understand and foster individual and collective
> empowerment, dialog, development and freedom.  I believe networked
> computer systems will be involved somehow, and that the processes of
> learning and communication will be central.  I think a lot of others
> here have similar beliefs, and I'm excited to be a part of the
> discussion.  
> If anyone has any recommendations or contacts for possible places of
> study or mentors in this field I would be extremely grateful to hear
> of them.
> -Lyn

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