Mann, S. (2010). Critical Review of Qualitative Interviews in Applied Linguistics (Summary)

Mann’s goal in this article is to describe different perspectives of interview methodology that could be utilized for applied linguistic research. From the fields of sociology, anthropology, and psychology, Mann identifies four discursive dilemmas that could aid in more reflective qualitative research. According to Mann, considering such dilemmas is central to good interviewer sensitivity. The … Continue reading Mann, S. (2010). Critical Review of Qualitative Interviews in Applied Linguistics (Summary)

Griffin, A.,and May, V. (2012). Narrative Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Summary)

Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis is a method used to interpret peoples’ experiences. This method is heavily influenced by Hermeneutics, which views all communication as interpretation. IPA places the researcher as a storyteller, or more of a narrator to the participants’ story. Therefore, the importance is not necessarily on avoiding researcher bias, but on explicitly illuminating it … Continue reading Griffin, A.,and May, V. (2012). Narrative Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Summary)

Orfield, S. | User Experience and Heritage Preservation (Summary)

In this article, the authors discuss the decisions related to the preservation process of campus buildings. Their conclusion is that current preservation project models do not address the key components of what really drives preservation decisions. For a campus institution, the attention is on selection, cost, accuracy, and value of preservation. While this article focused … Continue reading Orfield, S. | User Experience and Heritage Preservation (Summary)

Phellas, C., Bloch, A., & Seale, C. (2012). Structured Methods: Interviews, Questionnaires, and Observation (Summary)

This chapter describes interviews, questionnaires, and structured observations. These methods can be useful for cost-effective research, although each has its strengths and weaknesses. Interviews can be face-to-face or done over the phone. Self-completed questionnaires are also versatile in delivery form and accessibility, and web-based platforms allows for a more widespread and diverse population. One important … Continue reading Phellas, C., Bloch, A., & Seale, C. (2012). Structured Methods: Interviews, Questionnaires, and Observation (Summary)

Ritual Experience: Stable Isotopes in Archaeological Interpretation

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science"~Edwin Hubble Stable Isotopes as Archaeological Data Stable isotopes are the non-radioactive versions of an atom (Malainey, “Stable Isotopes”, 2011). Atoms are the smallest unit of a unique element. Atoms are comprised of protons, neutrons, and electrons in different unique … Continue reading Ritual Experience: Stable Isotopes in Archaeological Interpretation

The Relationship Between Applied and Theoretical Anthropologies

In their text on Applied Anthropology, Ervin emphasizes the “reciprocal relationship (Ervin 2005, 6)” between applied anthropologies and theory. Despite their inseparable interplay, the dividing distinction is often from direction. In classical, theoretical anthropology the topics are selected by researchers, usually relating to their personal interests. The applied direction on the other hand, can be … Continue reading The Relationship Between Applied and Theoretical Anthropologies

Three Views of a Cave Painting: How Intention Influences Archaeological Interpretations (2015)

Abstract This paper discuss three base perspective which influence interpretive efforts in the study of rock-art. The researcher’s view focuses on consuming rock-art as data. The manager’s view seeks to control and protect rock-art sites form contemporary site interactions. The creator’s view refers to the original experience at the site. These views reflect a tendency … Continue reading Three Views of a Cave Painting: How Intention Influences Archaeological Interpretations (2015)

Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Noble's book discusses how oppressive decisions are reinforced via algorithms. Since algorithms are programmed by developers, this shows a huge issue. Through multiple case studies, Noble shows that there are clear issues when it comes to what pages show up in searches related to race and gender. I think this text is an important wake-up … Continue reading Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians

Over the past two decades, the internet has touched every aspect of our lives, changing how we shop, learn -- even how we date. And while it represents technological progress and the promise of future innovation, it has also proven to be an invaluable resource for those interested in the past. Where genealogical researchers once … Continue reading Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians