Alfred Vitale

Alfred Vitale

Alfred Vitale is a Ph.D. student in the Human Development program at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education. His interests include modern and postmodern theories of self/identity, notions of authenticity and the “real” in research and the social sciences, and unpacking the presuppositions of human development. Alfred has presented at national conferences on subjects ranging from contemporary religious studies, graphic novels, intellectual history, and program evaluation. Alfred is also a UR alum, rock drummer, father, activist-on-sabbatical, writer, former publisher of a nationally-distributed literary journal, and co-editor of a literary anthology set to go to print in spring 2009, called The Worst Book I Ever Read by the Unbearables, and published by Autonomedia Press.

The Dichotomy at the Heart of our Warner Experience

In my years as a grad student here at Warner, I have noticed a recurring theme of polarity appearing often in the midst of conversations among students.  This theme takes many forms, such as the paradigm war (nominally presented as “quantitative vs. qualitative”), perspectives on research (positivist vs. constructivist/constructionist/contextualist), perspectives on experience (objective vs. subjective), perception of our work (practical… Read more →