MUSE members publish journal pieces

MUSE, in cooperation with the Materials Development Association (MATSDA), is pleased to announce that we have published work in the September 2018 issue of the materials-based journal, Folio. The article has open access.  To download the MUSE article click here.

MUSE members jointly penned two pieces for Folio. First, we wrote an Open Letter to the MATSDA readership to introduce ourselves, explain what we do, and invite members of the academic community to join in our quest to better understand materials use.

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Second, our MUSE team wrote an article to explain what we view as a mutually beneficial relationship between our vision of Materials Use research and the field of Materials Development. MUSE writers offer a working definition of what we mean by materials use, detail current literature on the subject, share vignettes about work by our current members, and synthesize this work into a model for the direction for future research in the area of materials use.

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Click here for MUSE article

Additional Folio articles are available on materials as open access from the MATSDA website here.

Reference citation for MUSE article:

Guerrettaz, A., Grandon, M., Lee, S., Mathieu, C., Berwick, A., Murray, A., and Pourhaji, M. (2018). Materials use and development: Synergetic processes and research prospects. Folio, 18(2), 37–44.

Note: Both header images above were first published in the MATSDA journal Folio 18.2, September 2018 and are published here with permission.

October 2018 Meeting

The meeting was attended by Marcus, Siwon, Darren, Nausica, me, and our newest member, Simthembile. Simthembile is a PhD student in South Africa teaching and conducting research in teacher education. We are glad to have him join us! In the meeting, we discussed adding several rotating officer roles, and Siwon has taken on the position of reading chair, meaning that she will coordinate the articles that we read/discuss for our regular meetings. We postponed appointment of other positions because we are hoping to have even better attendance at the next meeting. We then had a lively and interesting discussion about the Li and Harfitt (2017) article. We discussed the distinction between the enactment perspective of curriculum research and researching the enactment of materials use. We also were challenged to think of how to successfully and purposefully include more student voice/perspective in materials use research.

One goal for our December meeting is to make some decisions about the structure of MUSE – rotating officer positions, etc. – so we hope to have many people in attendance.