To my delight, this week’s readings speak directly to my dissertation topic and in an extremely affirming way. For before Giroux, before Freire and Foucault, way before Manovich and the New London Group… there was Maria Montessori, ripping the bolted school desks from the classroom floors and tossing them to the curb. Montessori identified “the interface” of the brick and mortar classroom not only as problematic to the physical and psychological development of children (not to mention educational development), but as symbolic and real means of suppression and oppression. Her focus was on “interface”–the design and architecture of the environment, the larger classroom environment, and the “environment” of “the lesson.”
“Methodology” definition: “…the motivations for and possible implications of … methods…” (1).
“What are people doing? How are they doing it? And why are they doing it this way?” (1).