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ERIC Number: EJ1078494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
The Shuttering of Educational Studies: Neoliberalism, the Political Spectacle, and Social Injustice at a "World Class" University
Dunn, Alyssa Hadley; Faison, Morgan Zacheya-Jewel
Educational Foundations, v28 n1-4 p9-30 2015
This article examines the September 2012 closure of the Division of Educational Studies (DES) at Emory University. The authors present this discussion as an example of the ways that the neoliberalization of higher education contributes to the extinction of educational foundations programs. What happened at Emory is symptomatic of the impact that neoliberalism has had (and will have) on educational studies. With such departments goes a commitment to understanding the social, cultural, historical, philosophical, and political underpinnings of PK-12 education and, indeed, of higher education itself. The authors argue that neoliberalism in higher education is advanced by the political spectacle, or the ways in which onstage rhetoric differs from backstage actions (Edelman, 1970), and they do this through a detailed explanation of the DES closure. They also see this article as a way to share the voices of those affected by the shuttering of DES. The authors have chosen to tell their stories in narrative form, rather than through a traditional qualitative analysis, as they believe their commentary truly speaks for itself. Finally, a brief discussion of why the Emory case matters and what implications this has for the future of educational foundations and teacher education is offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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