Outfield Interview Draft

I wanted to interview a faculty member in a Department I feel most would over look. I look at the departments page and saw the College of Education and I thought that would be a unique interview and educational research, although interesting, is not something I would particularly want to research. I looked through only a few faculty member webpages because there were so many and came across Dr. Yamauchi. I later met with Professor Yamauchi who is a professor in the department of educational psychology. I got to meet with her and talk about her research. Through this interview I was able to become more aware of what educational research might entail and how one conducts it.

As Prof. Yamauchi talked, she began to explain what kind of research she does as a professor in the department of education. Prof. Yamauchi researches how children who have culturally diverse backgrounds and indigenous language speaking children learn and preform in school. Prof. Yamauchi applies the CREDE standards for teaching. CREDE stands for Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence. Prof. Yamauchi added that CREDE has been adopted in Greenland and she’ll sometimes get calls from friends in Greenland asking what should they put into their education laws.

The way Prof. Yamauchi carries out her research is her and, or, her team will go to a classroom and videotape the teacher teaching. The teacher and fellow colleagues will be shown the video, this gives a chance for the teachers to see how other people teach which gives them new insights on strategies that are effective and ineffective. Prof. Yamauchi also said much of her research has been reading articles and publications related to her study. She said that when she started researching this topic she read to see what information was out there on this subject. Prof. Yamauchi said she tries to keep up with any new publications that might come out as they may offer new information.

Perhaps the most important question one can ask a researcher of any field is, how did you become interested in this field? Prof. Yamauchi shared her academic research journey and how it has evolved over time. Part of which she was influenced by growing up in Hawaii. She said she feels the immigrants have some kind of obligation to take care of the native peoples.

Prof. Yamauchi’s research is evident that research is not bound to your field and can cross a variety of studies. As she explained what her research entails, one can see her research involves language, anthropology, political science.

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Primamry Sources

Here is a list of the primary sources I have found so far.

The Communist Manifesto- Karl Marx

Kim Il Sung on the Juche Idea: Excerpts- Kim Il Sung

The Present Situation and the Tasks of Our Party- Kim Il Sung, 1966

Let Us Defend Independency, Kim Il Sung

Fifty Fighting Years, CPI Golden Jubilee Album- Communist Party of India, 1975 (Pictures of newspaper articles)

Documents of the Chinese Communist Party, 1927-1930

Documents of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, Sept. 1956- Apr. 1969

Eight National Congress of the Communist Party of China-Documents

The Rise of the Chinese Communist Party (autobiography of Zhang Guotao)

What is to be Done?- Vladimir Lenin, 1902

The State and Revolution-Vladimir Lenin 1917

 

The Importantce of Language

First off, I would like to say I found Dr. Drager’s presentation on her research in Pidgin very interesting. It’s interesting because most people look down on Pidgin speakers as being uneducated, and she’s doing academic research on it. It is rather peculiar that in the small area of Hawaii, in my opinion, Pidgin varies from island to island. From my conversations with people from the outer islands they sound a little different when they speak Pidgin and they have different slang words. I was thinking about participating in Dr. Drager’s research studies because it seemed interesting and it would be nice to make a contribution to knowledge.

Though both topics are concerning language I put them in the same post, despite their different subjects. I was sent an email from Human Rights Watch containing a link to a video. The video is about sign language in Kenya and how important it is to teach deaf children sign language. According to Jenny Nilsson, Human Rights Watch Disability Rights Specialist, “Today, deaf children and young people worldwide are too often denied their right to education.” Many deaf children don’t learn sign language because their families think they don’t have the right or ability to be able to go to school and that there is a lack of people educated in sign language. Without the education of sign language to deaf children, educators are unable to impart skills and knowledge that is vital to one’s success.

Although there is added education for deaf children in Kenya, there is apparently a lack of support for deaf people in college. A deaf college student majoring in accounting, Alfred Muriki, tells of his struggles in college. Alfred says that in some of his classes he copies the notes of a person sitting next to him and if he has a question, he writes it down and has that person ask the professor, and then that person will write down what the professor said. It’s people like Alfred who work so hard for their education that give us over privileged Americans no excuse not to do well in school.

After hearing Dr. Drager’s presentation on her research and watching this video, I can say I now understand the importance of studying languages.

The Emergence of Capitalism in a Communist Country?

I had been looking forward to and anticipating the release of Liberty in North Korea’s (LiNK) final video upload during their Bridge to North Korea campaign. The video is somewhat, but not directly, related to my research question.  Over the time of about a month or so, LiNK had proposed that they were going to “build a bridge to north Korea that cannot be torn down.” I thought to myself what could they possibly be talking about. Of course, I came to find out that they were speaking figuratively. They were not building a physical bridge but rather a bridge that makes a difference in the lives of some North Koreans. This bridge is made by refugees who send money to their friends and families that are still in North Korea. I’ve asked myself the same question I’m sure many have thought of, what is the solution to the Human Rights crisis in North Korea? I thought maybe the solution to could be found in international intervention such as the U.N. But I realized what is the UN going to do? Give North Korea more sanctions? After watching this video, I believe that the grass root marketization of North Korea is a step to freedom in North Korea. It may be miniscule or significant, either way it is a step in the right direction. I picked up a message or theme from this video, whether it was intended or not, that the capitalist economic system works. Capitalism in North Korea allows and equips the people with the ability to provide basic necessities for their families, break from dependence on the regime, and acquire goods and information that has been banned in the country. I wonder, will this eventually lead to the toppling of the Kim regime? It only takes a spark to light the flame.