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ERIC Number: EJ818925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
The Decline of the Myopic American Imperial Project, the "Great Experiment" for Education, and a Conversation beyond the Boundaries
Kachur, Jerrold L.
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v6 n4 p367-408 2008
This article is a compilation of the views of 16 PhD students and the author on Steven Klees' 2007 article titled, "A quarter century of neoliberal thinking in education: Misleading analyses and failed policies." The students and the author have taken Klees' article as a stimulus to try and explicate the anatomy of the decline of the myopic American Imperial Project through the lens of what Klees calls the "Great Experiment" for education. The 16 students are currently studying in the Department of Educational Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. The author invited the students to respond in 1200 words to Klees' article. He collated the students' responses and inductively identified general themes which provide the organisational heading for this article. All students were generally sympathetic to the intent and accuracy of Klees' description and his analysis as it applied to their own understanding of global dynamics and their local circumstances, research interests, and educational expertise. However, they not only confirmed Klees' findings and understandings of the Education Experiment, they also identified gaps and amplified claims based on their local and global expertise. Second, they entertained sympathetic criticisms within the framework he provided regarding those misleading analyses and failed policies in the World Bank and similar neoliberal experiments. Finally, a few suggested different kinds of frameworks and analyses, arguing that Klees' Amerocentric left capitalist analysis may in fact help reinforce, facilitate and even consolidate what he is attempting to challenge. ["The Decline of the Myopic American Imperial Project, the "Great Experiment" for Education, and a Conversation beyond the Boundaries" was written with David P. Burns, Shirley Fredeen, Steven A. Gold, Zane Hamm, Randy Hetherington, Andrew Hodgkins, Moonsook Jeong, Diane Kunyk, Robert McGray, Satoru Nakagawa, Musembi Nungu, Lydia Pungur, Augusto Riveros, Laura Servage, Elizabeth Vergis and Lorin Yochim.] (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; North American Free Trade Agreement