This is a conversation with Allison Andrade, an undergraduate student at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She was one of several cohorts of students taught to use Progressive Summarization by a professor, Wes Daniels (who has written about that experience here).
In this wide-ranging conversation we talk about:
- My background in religion and how it has influenced my work
- The importance of making “ecstasis” more accessible to more people, by making it available within societal conventions
- Progressive Summarization as an intentional way of planning and writing papers in discrete chunks
- The power of small intermediate packets to provide a consistent pace of positive reinforcement in difficult endeavors
- How she organizes her notes for writing research papers that span many topics
- How Progressive Summarization is taught and used in a college-level course, including crowdsourcing the summarization and interpretation of classroom texts
- The value of reflective written documents in tracking one’s learning and recontextualizing personal growth
- The role of mind-altering substances and religious rituals in “depatterning” believers
You can read more about Allison’s research in her paper: The Intersection of Quaker Practice and Productivity.
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