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Steven Watkins, PhD
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- 8 years 2 months
One's research and scholarly interests change over the years; right now in my professional career with the University of Phoenix, I am interested in how politics influences and shapes educational practices and instructional technology uses. One has to realize that education does not exist in a vacuum; rather, it exists in a pulsating and vibrating context filled with human beings. My goal is to examine and understand it in order to help educate future generations.
I am also interested in the humanities; the humanities seek to define what it is to be human through the lenses of philosophy, theology, communication, history, and other fields of study. The humanities focus on the human aspect of existence and what can be learned about "humanity."
Working on a book called Teilhard de Chardin: A Man for the Twenty-First Century (2018/2019). Applied to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a funding grant.
Working on a book about the influence of the Cultural Manifestation of Politics on Education and Instructional Technology (2018/2019). Currently in negotiations with Routledge Press to publish a book.
The public educational process (primary and secondary) in the state of Texas has always been subject to examination, influence, and manipulation by various people, governmental agencies, political parties, and political movements. These various entities have dictated, either implicitly or explicitly, the content and conveyance in the public school educational process. Since 2010, a movement known as the Tea Party has explicitly sought to examine, influence, and manipulate the public educational process in Texas; the result is a potential, extensive controlling of education in this state. The perceived implications of the Tea Party movement on North Texas school districts’ educational and instructional technology in the 2013-2014 academic year and potentially influential in the 2014-2015 academic year is unclear.