“It is not simply about saying you agree or disagree with the authors and leaving it at that. It is about relating your present experience with your past experience, looking at what you are seeing and reading now from the perspective of things you have learned in the past. Because this part learning is unique, you bring a perspective to the discussion no one else can, and hence, add to the learning of everyone else.”
I still can’t understand why asking for clarification of someone else’s ideas is not acceptable. We do not learn in a bubble. Our learning is influenced and guided by our own information seeking behavior. We are taught (or conditioned) how to seek information in school, from our families, in our churches or other community groups.
In an article entitled “Purls of Wisdom” in the Journal of documentation (Prigoda yr.2007 vol.63 iss.1 pg.90), Elena Prigoda speaks of how LIS researchers are beginning to look at information behavior of “hidden, unwaged, and often marginalised forms of work, particularly caring work, done in the course of what might be considered serious or casual leisure activities”. This particular study was of the information-seeking behaviors of a knitting group that met in a public library (ok this particular citation is a also a shout-out to my daughter). 🙂
The study explains how the library is not a value-free place as the knitters choose to participate in a group that meets in a library in an affluent neighborhood, and they behaved in the ways expected of a library patron in such a neighborhood. Prigoda explains that even the simple activity of joining a library knitting group creates an “information ground” (or a “social setting in which people share everyday information while attending to a focal activity” [Fisher, Landry, & Naumer].
So even in a simple setting like a knitting club, there is information-seeking behavior. And there are rules an individual must follow in order to participate in the information flow. These rules aren’t spelled out in black and white, but they are the social rules we learn to interpret in order to gain entry to groups. In fact, the lack of understanding of these hidden rules of engagement is one of the hallmarks of Asperger’s Syndrome.
So it’s only normal from an information-seeking perspective that there are rules of engagement for participating in the massive online experiment that is CCK08. Now that rules have been identified, maybe I can figure out a way to do a better job of engaging. 🙂