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    Book Review: Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education edited by Marc Spooner and James McNinch

Book Review: Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education edited by Marc Spooner and James McNinch

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In Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education, editors Marc Spooner and James McNinch bring together contributors including Noam Chomsky, Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Eve Tuck to offer critical perspectives on the impact of neoliberalism and new managerialism on universities. Grounded in rigorous research, this is a worthy read for scholars, policymakers and education practitioners, writes Khalaf Mohamed Abdellatif.

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February 17th, 2019|Book Reviews, Education|0 Comments|
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    The Los Angeles teachers’ strike is the latest dispute in a national movement

The Los Angeles teachers’ strike is the latest dispute in a national movement

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As of today, tens of thousands of teachers in one of America’s largest cities have walked off the job in the latest dispute between a teachers’ union and a school district. Bradley D. Marianno writes that the Los Angeles teachers’ strike is both a continuation of the national ‘Red4Ed’ movement – which has seen teachers’ strikes across the US […]

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    Book Review: The Textbook and the Lecture: Education in the Age of New Media by Norm Friesen

Book Review: The Textbook and the Lecture: Education in the Age of New Media by Norm Friesen

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Does it seem that education is somehow always lagging behind the latest technologies? In The Textbook and the Lecture: Education in the Age of New Media, Norm Friesen presents a longue durée study of the historical relationship between education and technologies of reading and writing in order to reframe accusations of ‘inertia’ in education. This is a useful introduction to a media […]

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    “It’s school desegregation, stupid”: arguments over education policies have played an important role in presidential elections since the 1960s

“It’s school desegregation, stupid”: arguments over education policies have played an important role in presidential elections since the 1960s

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In most 2016 election post-postmortems the role of education as a political issue has received relatively little attention. DeeAnn Grove argues that party positions towards school desegregation are actually key to understanding the white vote in the 2016 and past elections. She finds that since the 1960s, moderate white voters have had both a strong commitment to equal opportunities via […]

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    Book Review: The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan

Book Review: The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan

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In The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money, Bryan Caplan argues that students spend too much time in formal education, which serves less to enhance skills and understanding that to ‘signal’ one’s value to future employers. Caplan’s proposal to reduce education funding is controversial, writes Aveek Bhattacharya, but the book will prove an […]

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    How school discipline primes the school to prison pipeline for young blacks

How school discipline primes the school to prison pipeline for young blacks

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The link between students being involved with exclusionary disciplinary policies such as suspension and expulsion and their later involvement with the criminal justice system as an adult is relatively well known. But is there a racial component to this school to prison pipeline? In new research, Racheal Pesta used national data to examine the relationship between students’ race and […]

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    Book Review: U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) by Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter

Book Review: U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) by Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter

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In U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life), Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter draw upon their popular NYU course, ‘Science of Happiness’, to offer a guide to flourishing at university and in life. But how exactly do universities promote wellbeing? Rather than breaking new ground, this book treads a rather familiar Positive Psychology path, finds Jules Evans, […]

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    Book Review: Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology by Karen Head

Book Review: Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology by Karen Head

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In Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology, Karen Head draws on a ‘view from inside’ of developing and teaching a first-year writing massive open online course (MOOC) to critically interrogate the claim that such technology will fundamentally ‘disrupt’ educational structures. This is an eloquent and intricate analysis that shows how personal experience and practice can add nuance […]

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    Carefully designed multiple choice tests can help teachers to quickly determine what students don’t understand

Carefully designed multiple choice tests can help teachers to quickly determine what students don’t understand

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Over the last 20 years, US schools have widely adopted annual student testing, a move which many researchers believe may have been of little benefit to students’ educational outcomes. Julian R. Betts, Youjin Hahn and Andrew C. Zau examine the impact of a different type of mathematics testing – one which is aimed at determining students’ strengths and weaknesses […]

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    In Trump’s America, universities’ solidarity with Muslim students has become even more important

In Trump’s America, universities’ solidarity with Muslim students has become even more important

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In a time of increasing anxiety about Islam in much of American society, how are universities responding to expressions of faith by their Muslim students? In new research focusing on George Mason University, Anne Daguerre explored issues of faith and national policy within university life. Here, she discusses her findings and reflects on their wider cultural context.

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