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The Early Archaeologist Hypothesis

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I just read the NPR article: New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought.  And in the article it suggests that because cut bones were found in what is now Southern California, of a mastodon that is 130,000 years old, along with sharp rocks, that humans were on the American continent that long ago, instead of only 15,000 to 20,000 years ago.  And while I think this hypothesis could be true, I want to advance another potential hypothesis: the early archaeologist / paleontologist hypothesis…

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April 26th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

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The Introduction/Background to my Revised Doctoral Research Proposal

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Compendium_of_Countries_LogoToday, I finished revising the first part of my doctoral research proposal, as there have been several underlying methodological and technological changes from the original proposal.  While I know doctoral research is usually not of general interest, I am still going to be posting the sections of my revised proposal as I finish them, for those who are interested.  Please feel free to ask questions if you have them, and I will do my best to explain statistical techniques or the technology, etc. that I’m talking about.

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February 20th, 2016 at 6:12 pm

I just finished my initial proposal for my doctoral research!

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After several years of changing my mind about what I want to do for my doctoral research, today I finished my Initial DEd Research Proposal for Automated Correlation Discovery of National Educational Data, and I hope that I can complete my full research this coming year with UNISA.

For those who want the “Cliff Note’s” version, here is my Summary / Abstract:

This is a proposal for data science / data mining meta-research in the field of Comparative Education. The basic methodology is to gather a large number of data sets about the characteristics of countries of the world, and then dependent upon the type of data within these sets, to compare them to each other, finding the maximum correlation coefficient for each pair of data sets. In the end, the data sets that are most intriguing will be explored further, and the full results of looking for correlations between national characteristics of all sorts will be released to assist other researchers in the social sciences.

 

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November 26th, 2014 at 11:59 am

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An Open Letter to the International Educational Data Mining Society

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This morning I emailed Dr. Baker, the President of the International Educational Data Mining Society, the following open letter that encourages the society to rename itself to the International Educational Data Science Society, which I hope will spark dialogue within the educational data science/mining community.

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November 28th, 2013 at 5:41 am

Reasons and Methods for California School Districts to Transfer Adult Education Services to Adult-Serving Charter Schools

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I just finished the paper “Reasons and Methods for California School Districts to Transfer Adult Education Services to Adult-Serving Charter Schools” which details why and how a California Adult School should develop an adult-serving charter school.  I would truly appreciate feedback and peer-review of this document, so I can improve it.   You can find the currently published working paper at http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=2219703

Here is the abstract of the paper:

With Governor Brown’s current proposal to transfer all funding for California adult-education services from school districts to the Community College System, School Districts and their Adult Schools should strongly consider opening an Adult-Serving Charter School instead, which can allow many current programs to retain state apportionment funding and potentially continue to bring revenue to the school district.  Adult-serving charter schools do require following different laws and regulations than Adult Schools follow, but with adaptation, most programs can still stay in place, and most students can be served.  Further, by adding a postsecondary “sister school” to the adult-serving charter school, adult students who can’t be served by the charter school can be helped.

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February 17th, 2013 at 5:55 am