Mining the Generational Curriculum

Selections from Students who've Survived

Selection 1


Corey Egami, Psy 459 G12, Report 2

Why I Chose this Report

Recently I've noticed an increase in street racers. It seems like at least once a week, I'm accosted by a group of vehicles flying down the freeway at 90 miles an hour. The dangers of street racing are increasing as more drivers become involved in this new "sport" so naturally this article immediately grabbed my attention. As I began reading it, the information was new and rather appealing to me. It expressed ideas that are somewhat new and typically associated with a younger crowd (not to say that I'm old, but older). The whole sport of street racing is not something typically known about, you can't research it in the newspaper for example, so I read this report and used it as a method to learn about it.

The Steps That Led Me to this Report

I was looking through early generational reports and decided to opt for a more recent pick. I read a few articles in G11 and G12, but nothing really appealed to me. I accidentally stumbled upon Corey's website. Once there, I spotted his article entitled, "Researching Driver Communication: Racing Communication." I clicked on the link and began reading. The article was quite interesting so I decided to use it.

Description and Summary of Report

This report began with an introduction which stated its thesis was to determine what method of communication was used among Hawaii's racing community. Corey followed up this intro with a good summary of basic terms and concepts used by racers, what kinds of alterations are necessary for your vehicle, and finally the costs and benefits of these modifications. Corey then documented his experiences with two known racers. He rode along with two friends who had these specific racing modifications and and wrote an observational report on each experience.

In the first ride along Corey experienced his first "challenge" with his friend Jason. He describes the race and his emotional and physical reactions to the ordeal. It ends without much of a climax when the cars reached their final destination -- L & L Drive in. The two drivers met each other and conversed about their cars and the modifications each had made to his vehicle.

The next ride along was with Shane. This race was a little unusual because they raced a female driver. Corey noticed what he termed "an air of respect" from Shane towards this female driver. He also thought Shane was calm and thought is was unusual for him to be that way. He learned that the reason for this behavior was Shane's interest in the girl. Later, after the race had ended at Taco Bell, Shane and the other driver exchanged phone numbers.

Finally, he concluded by saying society is afraid of street racing because its a new culture not yet understood by the mainstream. Corey also provided a safe alternative to street racing which was set up by a local business.

My Reaction and Involvement

Corey's report was very interesting. The entire concept was quite impressive and something I had never seen before. The overall feel of the report was more observational as opposed to analytical. It provided a good basic understanding of terms and concepts, but lacked the indepth analysis I had expected. He began with trying to define the racer culture as narcisstic but didn't really back up that statement. Futhermore, the actual topic of this paper was racing communication, to which only a paragraph was devoted. I enjoyed reading this article and learned quite a bit from it, however I don't think that it fully explained what it attempted to. The communication between racers was brief. I felt a little baffled by the some of it. How did they know when and where to begin racing? Being unfamiliar with this type of behavior I wasn't really sure how to figure it out. In the article he states, "the race was not over until one of them punked out or they reached their destination" an explanation that really didn't help me. Overall I think this was a very interesting and informative article, but in my opinion it failed to provide accurate examples of racer communication and therefore I could not conclude that racing is a new culture.

Also, I have to comment on his idea that society is afraid of racing because we don't understand it. While it may be true that we are unfamiliar with the concept I highly doubt that to be the reason we fear it. We are afraid because the majority of people who participate in this sport are under the age of 30 and typically lack the skill afforded to those who have greater experience, futhermore, this so called sport endagers the lives of those who wish to participate as well as innocent people who are totally unaware of this hazardous behavior. THAT is why society is scared!

Selection 2


Wilfred Lee, Psy 459 G7, Report 1

Why I Chose this Report

I chose this report because it deals with an issue that is often debated among people, politicians, and society as a whole. While it is true that the media is significant in influencing our social values and norms, I find it difficult to believe that careless driving is a direct result of media neglect in portraying accurate driving behavior. I wanted to see what others had to say about this subject and perhaps learn new ideas and concepts. I also wanted to see if the issue of modeling was addressed as a psychological concept or if Wilfred used other concepts to account for the media's influence upon society.

The Steps That Led Me to this Report

I began looking for articles with no real idea as to which ones I wanted to use. I spent a great deal of time just looking through each generation, without any luck. As I was browsing through the generational websites I came across the awards page. From there I clicked on G7. The student names and their article titles were listed. As I was skimming the list, Wilfred's title really appealed to me, so I used the link to access the report. As I read it the movies and shows were familiar to me. It was easy for me to understand and relate to what he was saying because of this and so I decided to use this report.

Description and Summary of Report

The article entitled, "Portrayals of Driving Behavior on the Media Could this be Society's Silent Killer?" began its exploration of media influence on driving behavior, particularly in children, with opinions of previous students. From there Wilfred analysizes a number of television shows, cartoons, and movies including Clueless, The Saint, and Golden Eye.

A "bad driving" scene is desribed from each selection in detail followed by a brief analysis of the situation. The analysis identifies the "bad driving" behavior and provides appropriate alternatives. For example, in Clueless Alicia Silverstone, as Cher, avoids stopping at a stop sign. When questioned about it she responds "I totally paused." Wilfred takes scenes like this one and then provides his analysis. In this particular scene, he evaluates her driving performance and comments that he believes she is portraying driving as a "simple task and not a very serious issue."

At the end of each selection Wilfred rates the depiction based upon the prominence of the scene, riskiness or danger involved in the action, and whether or not it is realistic. The scale is based from 1 to 5 with 1 being the worst example of driving. For Clueless, he gave the movie Prominence rating of 2, the Riskiness or Danger factor rated 1, and the Realism of the scenes rated 2.

He concludes the report with personal reports of the danger associated with poor driving skills. I was quite impressed with his testimonials and was able to understand how these scenes personally affected his life and his beliefs.

My Reaction and Involvement

I enjoyed this report and was impressed by the overall appearance of the webpage. The image was simple and easy to read, but far from boring. The varied style and color of the font really helped to create a unique page. I thought that for the most part this was a relatively interesting topic. While there was a brief citation regarding modeling of behavior I don't think it was enough to create the connection between what a child watches and his driving behavior later in life. If I were to re-do this report I would definitely include more psychological concepts and more than likely would try to include several aspects of modeling and perhaps some research that supports the theories.

Selection 3


Scott Chang, Psy 409 G5, Report 2

Why I Chose this Report

I chose this article based primarily on Scott's enthusiasm for HTML. He states that using the hypertext markup language is not easy, but with practice one can achieve great success with it. The decision to use this report was also largely based on his shared personal experiences. I feel that to be able to share in frustrations and successes is a large part of understanding and ultimately learning. This being my first report for this class and my first real attempt at using HTML code I was curious to see what Scott had to say. I was a bit frustrated with the fact that I was pretty much given a book of HTML code and told to figure it out for myself. I was hoping to gain some insight through this selection.

The Steps That Led Me to this Report

I briefly skimmed through many articles before landing in Scott Chang's website. To be perfectly honest what grabbed my attention was his subtitle "Sucky Home Page?" I'm not really sure why. I guess I felt it was an unusual word choice for a school assignment so I began reading it more thoroughly. The page was well designed and an easy read. I started to explore Scott's site. As I read I became more and more interested in Scott's article.

Description and Summary of Report

Web designing is quite foreign to many of us. In this report Scott reviews the website of Glover.com. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate the site through Scott's link. I also tried search engines, but the address is now linked to the Atari website. I think that I would like to find the original site, but I was unable to do so. He summarizes which ideas and principles Jeffrey Golver thinks are best for use on webpages and which ones are "sucky." He also provides his opinions on Mr. Glover's ideas and techniques. He continues with an overview of psychological terms as they apply to internet learning - affective, cognitive, and sensori- motor domains. Then finally a personal history which spans more than 2 years of internet learning is revealed. I was impressed with his history and the progressive learning of HTML he experienced.

My Reaction and Involvement

Basically, I liked Scott's report. It was quite lengthy and very well planned out. I think that he explored many areas of internet use and website designs quite thoroughly. The ample personal info made me able to relate to his situations and troubles and to value his opinions and ideas more. I liked the fact that he related his history and the progression of learning. The article was also easy to read and proved that HTML can be mastered. He also provided a few links at the end of his article to help beginners with HTML. This was very thoughtful - wish I had gotten to these links sooner!

Selection 4


Shane Cobb-Adams, Psy 409 G4, Report 2

Why I Chose this Report

In choosing a final article for the generational curriculum I went to the website of a new friend. I had hoped to gain a little perspective on the topics and ideas needed to successfully complete this course and came across a sentence that immediately captivated me. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed by the requirements for Psychology 409 and on the brink of a minor breakdown when I came across this line, "Remember we've been there AND survived." It made me laugh and I realized that there are and will be many more people in my place, feeling lost with this new cyberworld, and that made it just a little more bearable.

The Steps That Led Me to this Report

Basically I had spoken with Shane earlier in the semester and he had mentioned he had taken both Psychology 409 and 459 at the same time. I assumed this would be a good place to start my search. I went to his site and explored the various articles and topics, however it wasn't until later that I decided to use this report in my generations file.

Description and Summary of Report

In the article entitled, "Developmental Patterns for Learning the Internet," Shane uses several comments from other psychology students as examples. These brief quotations provide ample explanation for the different phases of the learning process - the affective, cognitive, and the sensory-motor domains.

As an individual progresses through cyber-space examples of each phase become apparent. The first phase, the affective domain, exemplifies an individual's feelings as his first utilizes this new tool. As he begins to get more comfortable the cognitive domain sets in. These thoughts are based upon the feelings established in the affective domain. The result is a connection between the affective domain and the cognitive domain, in short, an A-C connection. If all goes well, an individual will form positive A-C connections and finally reach the sensory-motor domain. It is at this point when an individual settles into this new skill or knowledge and begins to use it. All these phases are dependent upon one another and one must progress through each domain before being able to utilize a new skill.

My Reaction and Involvement

While this article was certainly psychologically based, the actual concepts weren't what appealed to me. As I stated earlier, the final section was what grabbed me. It really encouraged me to complete the tasks assigned in this course. The helpful words of advice were encouraging, but at the same time a great example of the need to form positive A-C connections.

I wasn't too interested in this article, but I decided to use it because it was primarily based on psychological concepts. I had heard Dr. James refer to the affective, cognitive, and sensory-motor domains but wasn't really sure how that applied to the internet and this article helped to make the connection for me. It was very explanatory and provided accurate examples to help me understand the different domains.

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