Mitchell to Present Friday's Faculty Lecture Series

November 3, 2009

Assistant Professor of Education Johanna Mitchell will present this month's Faculty Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Friday, November 6, in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall.

In The Power Structure Behind Education Reform, Mitchell will discuss how policy would be class-specific in a nation whose government is closely tied to large corporations and the social elite. The cumulative effect would be a policy-planning process that is institutionalized through time and rarely questioned, resulting in education policy that would more likely serve the interests of a dominant class.

The lecture will provide evidence for education reform movements from the early 1980s through No Child Left Behind. Mitchell also will discuss the results of a power-structure analysis and pose the question "To what extent does the construction of education policy and reform reflect a unified set of interests ascribable to a dominant class or power elite?"

Mitchell's lecture is the third of eight discussions throughout the 2009-10 academic year focusing on literature, art, education, physics, business, history, and biology. Faculty members will discuss recent research in their field with members of the Hartwick community. Presenting later this year are Associate Professor of Business Administration Scott Dalrymple, Assistant Professor of Physics Parker Troischt, Assistant Professor of English Robert Seguin, Associate Professor of History Vicki Howard, and Professor of Biology Linda Swift.

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