[Dialogue] “Study” is a problem for me these days (in other words, “figuring out what is really going on”).

Karen Snyder karen.snyder10 at gmail.com
Sat May 8 12:58:51 PDT 2021

As I brood on your question about what makes an authentic study, two thoughts come to mind:

> 1.  Authentic study comes in many guises. In the past many studies emphasized a few paragraphs instead of the whole.  In 2021 on the Global Schedule there were other modes of study demonstrated:  charting and looking at each chapter (Wiegel/Rebstock); reading and having a dialogue on each section of the book instead of each chapter (Addington); interviewing the author about the book subject on  travel experiences and then in groups dialoguing with participant experiences and learning (Burbidge).  Each intended to connect the author’s experiences with the participant experiences.  

> 2. Authentic study does not depend on words alone. In early charting days, we turned the chart over and drew an image, a picture of the author’s thinking.  During study of Zakaria a couple of times people drew images in response to the study. More than words, it is the images that are remembered that are lasting. This is the mode to be demonstrated during the study of Doughnut Economics in August; the author, Kate Raworth, believes it is the images of economics that have freighted their impact over time.


Karen Snyder

> On May 6, 2021, at 7:29 PM, James Wiegel via Dialogue <dialogue at lists.wedgeblade.net> wrote:
> “Study” is a problem for me these days (in other words, “figuring out what is really going on”). With the tsunami of resources and the plethora of media, I find myself at sea trying to find firm ground to stand on, and an articulated perspective of what is going on that has some basis beyond my current opinions or those of my (currently) favored commentators. This emerging dilemma was recognized, last century, in the work of the staff and colleagues of The Ecumenical Institute of Chicago. In their courses and internal operations they spelled out an approach to “Study Methodology” that, for its time, seemed helpful. A half century later, I wonder how to outline an adequate approach to “study” .
> That is to say, what are 3 insights you have about what makes authentic study these days?  
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> Thanks.  See attached outline of EI short course on study method.
> Jim Wiegel <http://partnersinparticipation.com/?page_id=123>  

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