Thursday, March 8, 2012

Metaphors of Buying and Owning

Over the past weekend, I attended a conference focused on increasing undergraduate access to and participation in research. The topic was interesting and worthwhile, though I was repeatedly struck by the sort of language used to positively connote the benefits to students participating in research. Repeatedly, presenters spoke of community college faculty and administration needing to “buy in” to supporting undergraduate research. In another vein, speakers discussed the benefits of students gaining a sense of “ownership” of research. Metaphors of private property and consumerism were fully visible.