The People and Culture in Chile

Experiencing the sites, sounds, and making friends in Chile

The People and Culture in Chile

So President Obama, Michelle, Sasha, and Malea have visited Chile in the past and in June of this year, Obama welcomed Chilean President Piñera and his delegation to the Whitehouse.  Here’s a link to the President’s remarks relative to the visit:

July 21, 2013

El país de Chile en Sur Americano, viene visitar con el país Norte Americano.

Presidente Obama de los Estados Unidos y Presidente Piñera de Chile tuvieron una reunión en El Whitehouse en Washington, DC.

August 3, 2013

I just had a lovely Skype conversation primarily in Spanish with Carmen Gloria Herrera who is the librarian at the Universidad Católica del Maule and also serving as my Chilean hostess while I am a Visiting Scholar in Chile at her institution. I’ve changed my travel plans due to the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for North Americans but, mostly because I need more time to coordinate all my affairs before I depart. I was so nervous because I believed that I write and read Spanish far better than I speak at this point. However, I was so encouraged when she told me my Spanish was very good!! I’m still going to take my pocket book translator with me and keep it handy just to be on the safe side.

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The Future of Adult Education

Above is among the very first video presentations I produced when I began my PhD studies at the University of Georgia in Fall 2010.  I plan to produce a much more sophisticated documentary highlighting my Visiting Scholar experience and dissertation research in Chile.

This was a video created in my course EDIT 6150e (Intro. to Computers for Teaching) during the first summer session.  It was a completely asynchronous course and accomplishing this project with a group partner was quite the challenge as we had no face-to-face meetings.  Nevertheless, it turned out very nicely and focuses on the subject of encouraging adult learners who are digital “non-natives” to use mobile technology and devices.

July 16, 2013

Awesome University of Georgia LEAP Faculty


I think it is so awesome that two of my Professors from my adult education program at the University of Georgia travelled to South Africa this summer and met with Winnie Mandela.  Dr. Juanita Johnson-Bailey and Dr. Talmadge Guys are awesome professors whose scholarships focuses on Women’s Students and African American Studies.

July 21, 2013

Using Technology as a Teaching Tool

This summer I took a course to complete the requirements for a certificate offered by our Graduate School. It’s an Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching. As a type of deliverable for the certificate I created a YouTube video of how blogging can be used to meet the 4C’s of using technology for teaching. The 4C’s are: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking, all of which are foundational adult learning objectives.


July 31, 2013

Worldwide Implications for Adult Learning in the 21st Century

Adult Education is undergoing a paradigm shift in response to globalism that has placed new demands on adult learning and the workforce of the future. A prototypic case of a nation specifically negotiating these challenges is Chile. Recently, the Office of the Minister of Education commissioned research on how adults choose to enter the pursuit of higher education and manage educational debt while negotiating the demands in their personal and financial lives.  Similarly, an avenue through which many adult learners in the U.S. have sought to resolve the demands of work, family, and career has been accessing expedited pathways to advanced educational credentials at for-profit graduate degree granting institutions.

The purpose of my dissertation research is to compare civic engagement activities and outcomes in Chilean private for-profit and public graduate education and to interpret that engagement through Spiral Dynamic Theory. Chile, South America, was selected as the context for this research due to the fact that since approximately 1973, the dominant form of Chilean education ranging to K18 (elementary to graduate levels) has been private for-profit.   The following research questions guide this study: 1) To what extent are Chilean public and private for-profit institutions committed to doing civic engagement education and practices? 2) What are the prevailing vMEMEsof Chilean graduate students in public and private for-profit higher education institutions? 3) To what extent is there a relationship between graduate student personal characteristics and civic engagement outcomes? 4) Is there a relationship between institutional type and graduate student civic engagement outcomes? This dissertation study employs a mixed methods research design utilizing a substantive theory of Spiral Dynamics Theory.

My Research Goal in Chile

UNIVERSITY-OF-GEORGIA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

The scripture above, from the traditional KJV, is one of my favorite proverbs and will serve as the touchstone for my dissertation research in Chile.  I will be documenting my research journey via this blog site and I hope you will enjoy and learn from my experiences.  You are welcomed to leave your comments at anytime.  I will try to be expeditious in responding to your posts. 🙂

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Spiral Dynamics Training, Santa Barbara, CA

During the week lasting from June 19th through June 27th, I traveled to Santa Barbara, California to complete my training in Spiral Dynamics.  So I landed in Los Angeles yesterday (June 18th) afternoon and will be here for about a week for Spiral Dynamics Levels 1 & 2 certification. It’s weird trying to adjust to the time difference as its 3:22am here and I’m up blogging. My body thinks it is almost 7am. Yeah, I’m going back to sleep!

July 12, 2013

So I have completed my Spiral Dynamics certification training for Levels 1 & 2 and  above you can see my certificates of attendance.  Spiral Dynamic Theory (SDT) as a theoretical framework is being used in my research to examine levels of civic engagement within the complex contexts associated with public and private for-profit gradate-level adult learning.  My research also explores the use of memetic science which is the theory and study holding that mental contents of culture operate analogous to Darwinian evolution.  SDT is an open-ended theory based on the work of psychologist Clare W. Graves whose “emergent cyclical level of existence theory” (ECLET)  held that as adults are faced with increasing degrees of life conditions and problems their worldviews are impacted such that they can respond to those problems through advancing biopsychosocial neurology.  My research holds that  Memes (the products of memetics) influence these worldviews and also influence adults existential realities. 

In essence, adults’ coping systems are open to increasing levels of complexity and they have the unlimited potential to develop ways of responding to emergent life complexities.  It’s also important to note that Graves held that change was not inevitable and that adults can live the totality of their lives centralized within a particular worldview or level  which Chris Cowan and Don Beck term as a vMEME (i.e., Value Meme).  So my training and certification in Santa Barbara served to augment the research and study I’ve had to date relative to Gravesian theory (ECLET) and Spiral Dynamics.

July 19, 2013

So I’m looking for recording equipment to take with me to Chile to capture my research data. Here’s my test using the Sony Bloggie Touchscreen digital recording device. I’m thinking probably a yes on this purchase. It’s smaller than an iphone and has the capacity to directly upload to my YouTube and Facebook pages via a WiFi connection. I must say I’m very impressed with the “Bloggie” right now. 🙂

July 20, 2013

University of Georgia Doctoral Candidate and Novice Blogger. Enjoy!

July 31, 2013

Got my IRB – It’s a GO!!

ApprovedWhat better way to close out the summer as well as the month of July than getting a notice that your IRB research proposal has been approved!!  Yay! 🙂