Discussions Cognitivism

Please use this space to share information and resources related to the development of the wiki page on Cognitivism. I had previously provided several links to get you started. They are located on the Cognitivism page.  gsk

Thank you for the extra sources.  Brandi 

I haven' t heard from the other two members of our group, Amanda and Booker.  Hopefully they will respond soon as I would like to have this page completed by tomorrow afternoon.

Update:  I heard from Booker, he's been having problems with his computer.  We still haven't heard anything from Amanda. He hasn't contacted me. Having trouble with his computer makes it very difficult to complete an online course. There are possible other options such as the school computer lab, the library, a friend...gsk 2/5/2010

Also, this page says there is a comment, but I can't read it.


Mrs. Keesee, We wanted to be able to show you how we were collaborating with each other so far, so I am posting our e-mails that have been sent back and forth between us. Good idea. I really wish you would use the wiki though since that is part of the objective for this assignment--so you'll get familiar with the wiki in order to work in your own wiki--and to learn how you might use the wiki for your own classroom. gsk


Brandi Shipley to Amada, Booker, Jacqueline show details Jan 31 (4 days ago)

Hello.  I just wanted to e-mail you and get your thoughts on the project and how you would like to have it set up.  Would you prefer having a group leader and assigning parts to everyone or just doing what we can on our own?  Personally, I like the idea of having parts assigned and then sending it to one person in the group to put it together so that it sounds cohesive.  Please let me know what you would prefer and if that option works for you.  If so, then I will volunteer to put it all together as well as having a section for myself.  Also, what is everyone's schedule like?  This weekend is very busy for me so I would like to have the assignment completed and turned in no later than Thursday evening.  So if we decide that I am putting the parts of the assignment together, I would need your parts by Noon on Thursday.  Please let me know as soon as possible. 
I will volunteer for Definition/Primary theorists/and underlying principles as that seems to be all one thing essentially.  Let me know which parts the rest of you would like.
Thanks, Brandi Shipley


Jacqueline Harvey to me, Amada, Booker
show details Feb 1 (3 days ago)

I like the thought of assigning/ picking parts. Brandi did anyone respond to you suggestion?



Brandi Shipley to Jacqueline, Amada, Booker
show details Feb 1 (2 days ago)

I have only heard from you Jacqueline. Which part would you like to
do? If you send me your finished part by Thursday, then I can
proofread it for any errors and I'll send you my part so you can check
it as well and then I'll post it all on Friday morning. I'm going to
e-mail Mrs. Keesee and let her know what's going on with our group
tomorrow afternoon. Just email me with which part you want so that if
I do hear from our other group members, we will know which parts are
covered. I'm going to do the first 3 sections since they all seem to
go together, I believe its the definition, main theorists, and
underlying concepts. Do you know where to look for the other parts?


Jacqueline Harvey to me, Amada, Booker
show details Feb 1 (2 days ago)

I will do Classroom Implications and Examples of Classroom Uses.  I noticed that Dr. Keesee suggested  that we use other means of communication outside of email.  Do you have any suggestions? I am not familiar with the other options but I am willing to learn.
Brandi if we don't hear from our other group members I will  complete the  last one.  


Brandi Shipley to Jacqueline
show details Feb 2 (2 days ago)

I'm guessing she meant phone calls and getting together.  I haven't heard back from anyone else, so I'm going to e-mail Mrs.Keesee and see what she wants us to do about that cause I would hate for the two of us to do all the work and the members who haven't done anything to get credit for it.


Jacqueline Harvey to me
show details 10:01 PM (14 hours ago)

I am just now sitting down to my computer.  I will be working on my part tonight and tomorrow.  You mentioned that you would have very limited access to a computer this weekend.  Do you think you can squeeze sometime for us to chat and brainstorm some ideals.  I know the brainstorming concept is late, however I am hoping we can trigger something from each other  as we try to complete this project.    Can you set 30 mins to an hour aside tomorrow. We can IM or talk on the phone.  Let me know your thoughts.




Brandi Shipley to Jacqueline
show details 10:44 PM (14 hours ago)

I'm just getting around to working on my part too.  I'm going to try to get my part completely finished by 3pm tomorrow and posted by 5pm.

What would be a good time tomorrow? I think IM'ing would be best for me, that way I can still multitask and get other things around here done while we chat, what IM service do you use? I have yahoo and aim. I think there's a chat feature through this email account as well.  So just let me know what time would work best for you and we can chat.  I still haven't heard from the other group members, so I guess it's just us. 

Jacqueline Harvey to me
show details 12:02 AM (12 hours ago)

 I have been extremly busy this week too. Let's IM through this account.  Will noon time work for you?


Booker Brown to me
show details 12:44 AM (12 hours ago)

thanks for the email and i would like to assign parts and I am having trouble with my computer so I will try to do my assignment and email you back thanks


Brandi Shipley to Booker
show details 1:16 AM (11 hours ago)

Booker, thanks for the response! I totally understand having problems with the computer.  Jacqueline volunteered for Classroom Implications and Examples of Classroom Uses, and I am currently working on the definition, main theorists, and underlying concepts. So just let us know which part you would like to do.  I am going to try to have my part finalized and posted to the site by 5pm tomorrow. I think we should all send our parts to each other to be proofread before it is posted to the final site.  Our other group members' email addresses should be in the first email I sent out.  Did you get the one Mrs. Keesee wrote back to me?  She wants us to post to the cognitivism discussions page to communicate with each other so that she can see what we're doing as well.  Jackie and I are planning to have a chat session on this account around noon so that we can bounce some ideas off each other.  If you are able to do something like that it would be great.  Just let me know if you need any help and what section you want.
Thanks, Brandi


Brandi Shipley to Jacqueline
show details 1:28 AM (11 hours ago)

Yes noon will work for me.  Talk to you then!
Oh, by the way, I got a response from Booker Brown.  Here's what he had to say. "thanks for the email and i would like to assign parts and I am having trouble with my computer so I will try to do my assignment and email you back thanks" so I'm not sure when he's planning on emailing his part but if he does end up sending it to me over this weekend would it be alright to send it to you for proofreading and such before being submitted to the discussion board?  Depending on the weather, I won't be near a computer.  I can check my email and forward and such through my phone but I can't do blackboard or wikis.



Brandi Shipley to Jacqueline
show details Feb 4 (2 days ago)

Hey, I have an idea for the classroom examples. I think we should put different things for different age ranges, like in a preschool classroom, early elemetary, late elementary, middle school and high school.  Something like that, because not every age level can do the same things.  And it's something that the other groups haven't put into their pages. It could set us apart a little.  Also, with the classroom stuff, we may want to put some things having to do with technology if it's not too much trouble to work in. What do you think?


Jacqueline Harvey to me
show details Feb 4 (2 days ago)

That will work. That will work with the different games that I found for the classroom.
I am still researching and haven't had a chance to put anything down. How are you coming?


Jacqueline Harvey to me
show details Feb 4 (2 days ago)

Do you know how to work the hyperlink on microsoft word.


Brandi Shipley to Jacqueline
show details Feb 4 (2 days ago)

I am still researching as well.  I'm not sure, I think you just type in the webaddress and space bar, it should turn blue.  But I'm not sure how to make a word go to an address. I would google how to make a hyperlink in word and it should come up with step by step instructions


Brandi Shipley to Jacqueline
show details Feb 4 (2 days ago)

If you go to the insert section in microsoft word, it has a place to click for the hyperlink.  I posted the outline that I have typed up in word to the discussions page.  I still have more to do on it and it's not going to look like that at all on the final wiki.  I just wanted to post something so Mrs.Keesee would know that I had been working on our project.  I will finish it up late tonight or early tomorrow morning and post it in it's separated and paragraph form.  Good luck with the rest of yours. 


Booker Brown to me
show details 1:25 PM (15 hours ago)

 Brandi, that will be great and what all left on the group project so I can do it.


 Brandi Shipley to Booker
show details 11:53 PM (4 hours ago)

Because you emailed me so last minute, there isn't much left.  Jackie and I ended up splitting the project in half since we didn't hear anything else from you. We moved to the discussion page on the teaching and learning wiki and put information in that over the weekend..  If you would still like to try to contribute to the project, I would suggest emailing Mrs.Keesee and asking her what she wants you to do.  But she told us just to handle the project without you and Amada since we didn't hear anything. Jackie's already done with her half and I'm submitting my part of the project now.


Booker Brown to me
show details 11:55 PM (4 hours ago)

Hi, Brandi and I am trying to send over my work to you and I wanted to know if you got my work. I am trying in this class and it my fault for not getting in touch with you and my group. It is hard because I had my work but my computer mess up and it took all my work. So I hope you get my work.


Brandi Shipley to Booker
show details 12:13 AM (4 hours ago)

I understand completely.  I haven't gotten anything though


I also e-mailed our group the e-mail that you sent back to me when I informed you of what was going on in our group.  Jackie and I also chatted today for about 45 minutes about how we wanted to set up the page and such.

Obviously, our time tables have shifted during the week due to busy schedules.  We will be posting to this part of the site later today for proofreading and editing and hopefully have the page finished soon after that.



©     Willhelm Wundt 1879

Opened the first psychology laboratory in Liepzig, Germany

v Introspection

v “the development of introspection as a means for studying the mind”

©     Gestalt Psychology

v Believed that knowledge comes from more than just experience

v Involves a person organizing sensory data

v Kohler – Behavior could not be explained just by association

©     Edward Tolman

©     3 main influences

v Information processing approach

v Artificial intelligence

v Linguistics

©     Central Issues

v How human thought works

v How we gain knowledge

©     Differing views of cognitive development

v Jean Piaget

*       Stage 1- lasting from birth until two years of age, sensorimotor.  A child develops a sense of object permanence, motor skills, and has very little if any understanding of symbolic representation.

*       Stage 2 – Lasting from age two to age seven, preoperational.  A child begins to develop linguistic and thinking skills.

*       Stage 3 – Lasting from age 7 to 12, concrete operational.  A child develops understanding that quantity is the amount of something is unrelated to the way something looks and masters the concepts of reversibility. 

*       Stage 4 – Lasting from 12 – adulthood. Develops abstract and logical thinking skills.

*       organized mental patterns that represent behaviors and actions (i.e. a baby sucking his thumb or crying

*       similar to computer software that tells how data is viewed and dealt with

*       A child who couldn’t understand language could not have logical or abstract thinking.

*       Assimilation – perceive new objects in terms of existing operations

*       Accommodation – modifying existing cognitive structures based on new information

*       Equilibration – includes both Assimilation and Accommodation. It is the master developmental process

v Lev Vygotsky


This is what I have drafted so far and this is how I organize my own thoughts to start a paper or any other research project.  It makes things a little easier for me and helps me focus on the project..  Some of it didn't seem to transfer, but I will be working more on this assignment later tonight and have it organized in a way that is readable and understandable to all.  Sorry it is not in that form yet, there is a lot of information to go through, understand, and organize for other readers.  Don't worry group members, it will not be posted to the final wiki like this and it will not look like this for very long.  This is no where near the final draft.  My sources and quoted items will also be posted later on.   I have read a ton of information and written a lot down this week.  This is the start of my organizational stage and getting everything that I've written into the computer.  It looks messy now, but I will be filling in information and turning it into paragraph form and separtating it into the categories. I just didn't want you to think I hadn't done anything yet.  Thanks! Brandi




Mrs. Keesee, Just wanted to update you, I am still working on my part of the project.  Will be done no later than tomorrow night.  I haven't heard anything else from my group members since this afternoon.  Jacqueline said she would have her part done today but I guess she hasn't finished it yet.  I still haven't heard anything else from Booker and have absolutely nothing from Amada.  This is becoming a much more time consuming project than I thought.  I know you said we would not be penalized from others not doing their work but now we are having to take on extra work because others are not doing their part and I do not think that is fair.  I know it seems like I am complaining and perhaps I am, but I have been working hard on researching this project this week and putting it before the other things I've needed to get done.  That has it's own affects on life at home.  I'm exhausted right now so this may not come off as more offensive to some than I mean it to but it sucks having to pick up the slack of other people not doing their parts. At this point I hope everyone comes through.  Not knowing what is going on with everyone in the group about the project really worries me and adds unnessessary stress to my life.    I am about halfway done with my portions of the project and will be posting them as soon as I am finished. I would like to have this done by midnight if possible group members. That way we know what else needs to be done and can do it on Sunday.  Thanks! Brandi   


Perhaps splitting things up might not have been the best idea. If everyone was looking for resources for each area and providing information all along, then there wouldn't be as much to do. Also, waiting to put your thoughts on the wiki once they are "complete" does not allow for conversation and discussion along the way. You might take a look at how the blogs and educational games groups are working to get an idea about how they used the wiki to collaborate and share ideas.  As part as taking up the slack for each person goes--what if I had assigned the project as an individual research project, which is how it is done in other courses. Then you would have had to do everything. Think about it...What I am hoping is that when you complete the TLR Evaluation and your blog post, that you are able to put your experience into perspective--what did you learn and how can you apply it (both about your subject and about group work/process)  gsk

I would have preferred the assignment to be an individual research assignment, then I would've been able to do this page the way I wanted to without having to take anyone else's feelings or thoughts into consideration.  I also would've been able to start and finish this project sooner because I wouldn't have had to wait to hear back from others or wait to see if someone else would step up in the group.  If we wouldn't have split it up, it would have been just like doing an individual project because you would have had to do all the parts anyway and that would've made it more difficult to combine writing styles, in my opinion.  I understand that you're trying to get us to work together and learn how to do things within the wiki.  I know I'm not perfect within the group setting, I am typically a big time procrastinator, but I worked hard on this project all week, read and researched many different areas and materials, and tried to combine my portion into a cohesive thought. I went over that page for hours last night, tweeking and editing things I could (including my own work) without completely rewriting another person's work.  I let everyone in the group know that I would have very little access to the internet this weekend because of prior commitments and that if they wanted me to proofread their information, to send it to me early.  I proofread my work and had my mother, who is an english whiz, and my husband also proofread my work before it was posted.  I know I'm guilty of posting my work late, but I also had others proofread it before it was posted.


Jackie - that information looks great.  I just got to my computer and am putting the final touches on mine and will be posting it tonight... if I don't fall asleep first, sorry for the delay!


Mrs.Keesee - the latest emails are in pink and purple -Brandi


Mrs. Keesee,  This is the email that Jackie sent me AFTER you told us not to email our group members anymore.  I did not respond to it because you told us not to communicate through our email anymore and she was insulting in her email.  I don't believe in helping someone who chooses to be insulting and so I did not communicate with her until now.  This email made me not want to work on the project at all so I didn't add anything until tonight. I tried to add my information earlier in the night but Jackie was editing at the time.  Also, I re-edited ALL of the page and the same type mistakes as before because I know that my grade is depending on the entire look of the page and will base my rubric on the version that I have edited, even though it wasn't finished until a little after 1AM. 


Like you, I had to break away from this project. I am still a little frustrated after reading all of the comments.  Your bitterness is coming off a little toxic and I don’t like having to resort to us going back and forth like school kids.  Not once have I tried to throw you under the bus since we made contact. Yes, you initiated the communication but your motive was selfish. You wouldn’t the team to work around your schedule because you had something going on during the weekend.  How is it…that you were nervous about my contributions but never came through on yours?  I went back and forth, on the computer, all weekend hoping that we could make contact. I inserted data on Saturday and was hoping to hear from you prior to your 11:50 comment.  I too would have liked to review your material before going final.  It wasn’t just your grade.  Even as you continue to make comments on the page, you continue to take ownership.  It is not Jackie’s or Brandi’s piece or project, it is ours. We are getting graded on our collaboration.  Dr. Keesee is fully aware who participated and who did not. Who are we to tell her how to grade the others?  That is not in either of our lanes however, I an confidence that she will be fair and make the right decision when distributing grades.
I am unsure when you thought I was being unprofessional or if you are saying that the work that I submitted wasn’t professional.  I consider myself to be a professional and understand that there is always room for improvement. I don’t like to make excuses for myself, however I like to learn from my mistakes to ensure that it want happen again.
I am assuming you did not like the comment that I made about correcting my work.   Brandi, I did not have a problem with you reviewing and making changes to my work.  It is a group project and that is group member do.  I knew that there would be some mistakes.  It has been in my experience that when it comes to proofreading/editing it always easier to find other’s mistakes. You mentioned that you had to change an entire paragraph.  Where you exaggerating or screaming for sympathy again?  Either way, I appreciate you bringing my mistakes to my attention. I don’t have problem when people correct me.  As I stated in the comment, with you being the last to make changes, I expected it to be a clean version for Dr. Keesee to review.  By no means was I trying to be offensive nor ungrateful. It is my opinion that you have been on the defense since we got started.  I may have been slow to get started but by no means am I slouch or dead weight. I have a lot on my plate but I will get the job done.

Yesterday was a very busy day and I was away for my computer. I didn’t make changes immediately, because I was sure that Dr. Keesee had already seen the work.  I did not know she would grant an extension. In other words, I decided against jumping through the hoops trying to get the corrections made.  
So…to make a long story short.  How would you like to go forward?  We need to establish some kind of communication that is effective.  I don’t think that we have much to do. We can go forward and make the changes that Dr. Keesee suggested and ask for additional guidance upon completion.
Honestly, I thought our information, for a first draft being looked at by Dr. Keesee, was better than most that had worked on it for a week and had more group members.



First, I edited certain things that you recently submitted for grammar purposes.  I did not highlight them because last time you seemed to be upset for me pointing them out to you in the actual page.  That's fine.  I changed some of the wording because this is for our grade and I think it sounds better this way.  Also, I believe that when something is a professional publication, or for a grade, numbers should be written out and that decades such as "the 70s" should be written out as "the 1970s" To me, this looks more grown up I suppose is the word I'm thinking of.  I also corrected some punctuation errors, such as commas in the wrong areas, and some subject/verb agreement.  I also don't think that abbreviations should used in this assignment either.


Now, in response to your email, not to argue but I do feel that I have the right to defend myself:

I had already stated that I didn't mean to offend you (in the comments on THIS page) and won't apologize again.


I have no "bitterness" towards the project or the class and have never tried to throw anyone under the bus. But if you consider explaining what I did and what I needed to correct and not letting someone else get credit for the things I did throwing someone under the bus. Then sure, I threw you and every other member (including myself) of our group (who we still haven't heard from by the way) "under the bus." However, when you wrote this email, I had already offered to HELP you by working more on this project because you most likely weren't going to hear from either of the other members.  So maybe, in the future, you shouldn't try to insult someone who is trying to help you.


Yes I did want the project done before the weekend, IF I WAS GOING TO BE THE ONE PROOFREADING AND EDITING, when we started because I was busy. So selfish or not, I let the group know that at the BEGINNING of the project, in the initial email, which you agreed to. We changed the timeline several times and that was fine with me. I've already addressed that in the comments below as well and I will not repeat myself.


I posted on this page and in the comments section parts of my work to show you that I was working on the assignment and every step of the way of what was happening on my end of the project.  However, the worry came when I had heard absolutely NOTHING from you until you posted your information late saturday night, which I did not see until early Sunday morning because I was away as I had stated I would be MULTIPLE times throughout the week. I told you that I would be able to check my email on my phone during the weekend even if I couldn't get to the computer and never got an email or any communication from you over the weekend.


When I said that your post sounded unprofessional, I was not saying that you were not a professional. Perhaps I used the wrong word for it, I'm not perfect I do that sometimes.  What I meant was that it was not spell check and sounded like you were having a chat with some friends rather than something that I would have submitted to be graded when a quarter of the grade was for spelling and grammar errors.  If you typed that information into microsoft word and pushed the spell check button it would have told you at least  50 - 75 percent of the things that I corrected.  Also, I do not think that you should use the word "kid" instead of child in an assignment for a college course.  It is an informal word and should not be used in a formal paper (project, assignment, whatever).


Had you read my comments on the page before emailing me, you would've known why there was editing and highlighting.  The highlighting was because I COULDN"T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO SAY. There were mistakes in almost EVERY single sentence.  I have gone back through my work as well and corrected it, so it's not impossible to do.  I did not exaggerated on anything I have written on this page or to Dr. Keesee and have never been "screaming for sympathy." I put exactly what was going on and how I felt about it and if you don't like it, I don't care.  We all have a lot on our plates.  It's not an excuse. That's life, deal with it.


If you dont want to "jump through the hoops" to get a good grade then you should tell people in your group that before you start.  That way they know what amount of effort you want to put into your work.  I would edit it for as long as possible if I felt that it could help my grade even half a point, especially since other's were counting me.  I don't know what grade is "acceptable" to you but in my mind, you should try to make it worthy of a perfect score since it is a group project.


As far as going forward would've been concerned, you could've used this page and the comments sections to communicate like Dr. Keesee said.  Our basic information seemed fine to me once I corrected and edited the work and I was fine with it which was what I was saying when I said we didn't need the week long extension and that I didn't want to work on the project any more.  I only agreed to help on it because I felt sorry for you having to do the rest of it BY YOURSELF.  I won't make that mistake again.


I'm sure you won't like that I posted this email on here with your insults, but I want Dr. Keesee to know what was going on and what you wrote to me. Especially if we don't get to do evaluations on our group members.