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Producing Inequality:How Dominant International Educational Reforms Create Social Divisions

Producing Inequality:

How Dominant International Educational Reforms Create Social Divisions


     Time: 3:00-5:00 pm, Monday 14 October, 2013

     Venue: Room 109, Guoxue Building, Renmin University of China

     Lecturer: Michael W. AppleJohn Bascom Professor, the University of WisconsinCMadison


     About the lecture:

     This lecture critically analyzes educational reform efforts now underway in a number of nations. It documents some of the hidden differential effects of two connected strategiesneo-liberal inspired market proposals and neo-liberal, neo-conservative, and middle class managerial inspired regulatory proposals. It describes how different interests with different educational and social visions compete for power over educational policy and practice. In the process, it documents some of the complex ways in which inequalities are produced by these policies. Among the major results is a major transformation in our understanding of democracy and the reproduction of both dominant pedagogical and curricular forms and ideologies and the social privileges that accompany them. Finally, the lecture concludes with examples of policies and practices that are much more progressive.


     About the lecturer:

     Michael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also holds Professorial appointments at the University of London Institute of Education and the University of Manchester. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past-president of a teachers union, he has worked with educational systems, governments, universities, and social groups throughout the world to democratize educational research, policy, and practice. Professor Apple has been selected as one of the fifty most important educational scholars in the 20th Century. His books Ideology and Curriculum and Official Knowledge were also selected as two of the most significant books on education in the 20th Century. He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Educational Research Association, the UCLA Medal for "Outstanding Academic Achievement," and a number of honorary doctorates by universities throughout the world.

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