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Kalonji Nzinga

Kalonji Nzinga


Biography

My interests in learning revolve around the fact that individuals’ sense making strategies are grounded and embodied in their local meanings and cultural practices.  I am particularly interested in this cultural variation and how particular socio-cultural contexts produce the impetus for groups to design cultural tools to make sense of that environment.The theoretical commitments on which my research stands is the biocultural coevolution of human populations.Thus I am interested in investigating how particular communities’ sense making strategies and literacies evolve as adaptations to the struggles they face.

I have focused my inquiries on experiential communities that transcend geographic and kinship boundaries because I am interested in studying how learning and cultural transmission interact in the current world where globalization and interaction across geo-ethno-linguistic categories are a standard occurrence.For example, in my current investigations, I have focused on examining the literacies embedded in hip-hop culture, an experience that is lived in diverse environments across the 6 continents. Petchauer (2011) describes hip-hop as “a set of aesthetic practices containing and producing situated ways of doing (and being).”My current work is looking at the literacies and sense making strategies employed by heavy listeners of rap music when they are comprehending and interpreting recordings.


Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
2006 BA, Human Biology Stanford University

Research Interests

The objective of my work is to use what we know about the evolution of culture to guide the practice of educators and to design curriculum that explicitly engages students in understanding the cultural dimension of knowledge and learning.



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