Social constructivism tells us that knowledge is created through social discourse–communication, sharing ideas, and discussion–in a community. I want to take a minute to show you what I think that means at NUGSE.
Students at NUGSE are creating knowledge together.
From the theses that are currently being added to the NU Repository, to the student run journal NUGSE Research in Education currently working on its fourth issue, to this blog, with 738 original posts–it is clear that we have something worth saying and that we have the means to say it well. NUWG’s most read posts:
Students at NUGSE are collaborating in and out of the classroom.
Students work together in many ways. In the classroom, they complete group projects, solve problems in class discussions, and debate important ideas in education today. Outside the classroom, the interaction continues in course discussions on moodle and here. Just to give you some statistics:
- @yasawi859 is the most prolific commentator, replying 26 times to his peers’ posts;
- “Life before the computer” by @akzharkynnu is the most discussed post, with 14 comments.
Students at NUGSE are connected to a vast network of international scholars, educators, and students.
It is important to realize that you are not only connected to your peers, but also to many international readers who want to learn about what is going on in Central Asian education. We have readers from all over the world; our students have been noticed in other blogs; and researchers in the US have written in asking for the contact information of our journal article authors.
An academic community requires active participants who are willing to speak up, step out of their comfort bubble, and share their work with the world. This community is clearly alive and well, and ready to continue growing.
With that in mind, welcome to the Nazarbayev University Writers Guild!