Research, for me, is a way to systematically explore the mysteries of communication in teaching and learning settings. The situations and settings I have been most drawn to in my research are those in which teaching and learning of communication is critical for the task at hand, yet is being implemented in a bit of a vulnerable space. I’ve worked with engineers trying to learn to communicate amidst the pressures of designing products for high stakes industry sponsors, designers learning to communicate while critics provide harsh feedback on their work, and teachers learning to communicate while feeling unprepared and insecure about teaching. In examining these somewhat delicate settings, I have learned about the important ways teachers and learners can work together not only to accomplish prescribed goals but also to incorporate creativity and innovation in the learning process.
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.