Book Talk: Quantitative Ethnography, with David Williamson Shaffer
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 10/01/2017
Uploaded: 11/17/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Book Talks, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: big data, data mining, Discourse analysis, quantitative ethnography, Social interaction

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Description/Abstract: Book Talk: Quantitative Ethnography, with David Williamson Shaffer, Wednesday, 10/18, 4-5:30pm


"David Williamson Shaffer is … ringing the bell to announce the revolution is coming to education and the social sciences…. Shaffer integrates big data, data-mining, discourse analysis, social interactionism, cognition, learning science, statistics, and ethnography into a brand-new integrated human science…. Here we get numbers and meaning both, and they don’t fight each other, rather they give birth to truly new ideas and innovative ways out of our old ruts. Those interested in teaching, learning, meaning-making, culture, social interaction, and human development will find here the first shot in a real revolution. It’s a wild ride and a great read to boot."
-- Quantitative Ethnography, From the Foreword by James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, Arizona State University

David Williamson Shaffer is an internationally recognized expert on teaching and assessing 21st Century skills through educational games. He is best known for the development of Virtual Internships for students in high school and college and for corporate training and assessment, as well as his work using quantitative ethnography to measure complex thinking. Dr. Shaffer is a highly sought-after speaker, teaching a course at the University of Wisconsin on making effective presentations. He is currently the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Game Scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Before coming to the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Shaffer was a teacher, teacher-trainer, curriculum developer, and game designer, including work with the Asian Development Bank and US Peace Corps in Nepal and as a 2008-2009 European Union Marie Curie Fellow. His Ph.D. is from the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006) and Quantitative Ethnography (Madison, WI: Cathcart Press, 2017).

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, October 16th.

This book talk is co-sponsored by Edlab which is hosting a luncheon seminar with Dr. Shaffer on Wednesday, 10/18, 12-1:30pm (5th floor Russell).

Where: 306 Russell