Michael Stebleton and Rashné Jehangir, associate professors in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), recently had a feature article published in the journal Learning Communities Research and Practice. “Creating Communities of Engaged Learners: An Analysis of a First-Year Inquiry Seminar” focuses on student engagement and the high-impact practices used in the First-Year Inquiry program in the college.
Frances Vavrus, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was an invited speaker in the Faculty of Education and Social Work Dean’s Lecture Series, which is part of the University of Sydney Ideas program. The lecture, entitled When ‘What Works’ Doesn’t: Comparative Pedagogies and Epistemological Diversity in Education, was presented on Wednesday, November 16th. Professor Vavrus was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Sydney for the month of November.
Roozbeh Shirazi, assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), and Maria Hantzopoulos, associate professor at Vasser College, co-authored a blog post titled In a Time of Islamophobia, Teach with Complexity on the Teaching Tolerance website.
“When teaching about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), U.S. teachers are often confronted with a dearth of accurate and nuanced material about the history, politics and people of the region. This crisis of critical awareness mainly materializes through two recurring narratives that circulate in mainstream media, political discourse and popular culture: “Islam as anti-Western” and conflict fueled by “ancient hatreds.”
David Chapman, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented a paper, co-authored with Nancy Pellowski Wiger and Joan DeJeaghere at the UNESCO-APEID education conference in Bangkok October 25-28. The paper summarized key findings from their 5-year longitudinal study of the effectiveness of entrepreneurship training for economically disadvantaged youth in East Africa, funded by the MasterCard Foundation, Canada.
Muhammad Khalifa, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was interviewed in a podcast titled The Killing of Knowledge: A Brief History of Islam in the Western Society. The first in the three part series Centering Equity in Supporting Muslim Students.
Dr. Khalifa offers a critical historical analysis of the religious oppression of Muslim peoples. He surfaces how, with a greater understanding of historical oppression and religious persecution of Islam, educators can better understand and disrupt school practices that create unsafe learning environments for Muslim students. Further, Dr. Khalifa discusses how educators can use this information to reflect upon their own assumptions and biases about religious stereotyping and discrimination.
Frances Vavrus, professor, and Peter Demerath, associate professor, from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), participated in PhD Days on September 12-13th at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Oslo, Norway. The two-day event, organized by the Faculty of Education and International Studies, included seminars for PhD advisors and sessions for PhD students on a range of issues relevant to doctoral education.
Dr. Demerath led a session for advisors on the internationalization of teacher education and a workshop for students on qualitative data analysis. Dr. Vavrus’ session for advisors addressed academic writing and identity formation, and her workshop for students dealt with the intersection of epistemology, methodology, and methods in the design of a dissertation.
David Weerts, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), and the Faculty Director of the jCENTER for Innovative Higher Education, has written an article regarding state-university relationships titled Covenant, Contract, and the Politics of the Wisconsin Idea included in the American Association of University Professors’ publication Academe.
“Political, demographic, and economic influences have fundamentally changed the state-university relationship since the “golden age” of higher education in the 1960s: a large segment of the public today views higher education primarily as a private good instead of a public good, and competing state priorities such as health care and corrections crowd out financial support for higher education.”
Dr. Weerts also has a post in the Academe blog titled Pursuing Virtue in State-University Relations.
Joan DeJaeghere, Co-PI and associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), along with Paul Glewwe, PI and professor in the Department of Applied Economics, and other Vietnamese and international researchers led a workshop on the new Research for the Improvement of Education Systems (RISE) in Hanoi, Vietnam in August. The RISE program was discussed in the national newspaper, Dan Tri.
Joan DeJaeghere, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented a paper co-authored with Aditi Arur (OLPD-CIDE alum) titled, Girls’ education and early marriage in Rajasthan, India: A longitudinal capability approach, at the Young Lives Adolescents, Youth and Gender conference held at Oxford September. 8-9th. The paper is based on qualitative research that Dr. DeJaeghere leads as part of a 3-year research study funded by the Department of Labor to a research team at Williams College.
Michael Goh, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), provided testimony on August 15 to the Minnesota Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health regarding issues of access barriers and challenges and culturally competent clinical services for ethnically diverse, new immigrant, and refugee populations.
Frances Vavrus, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), attended the World Congress of Comparative Education Societies in Beijing in August and presented a paper entitled Critical Historical Geography of Educational Inequality. There were also three OLPD alumni who presented their research at the conference: Drs. Taro Komatsu, Xinyi Wu, and Ya Liu.
Michael Goh, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was an invited speaker at the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (APLU-CADE) Summer Meeting in New York City. The title of his presentation on July 29 was Inclusive Excellence and Institutional Transformation.
David Chapman, professor in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was the guest-leader for a workshop on strategies for improving education quality in Bangladesh for the education staff in the World Bank office in Bangladesh. He also presented a paper at the Bulgaria Comparative Education Society in Sofia, Bulgaria. The paper was based on his Fulbright research in Malaysia on the response of university faculty to the intensifying pressure for research and publication in Malaysian universities.
Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) — a new initiative aimed at conducting high-quality research to build evidence to enhance children’s learning throughout the world — announced today that it will begin work in Vietnam. University of Minnesota and CEHD researchers are leading this effort.
The £4.2 million, six-year undertaking will seek to understand how Vietnam “got it right” in creating an education system that has led its students to achieve learning levels exceeding those of their peers in far wealthier nations.
The project in Vietnam is one of four research endeavors being launched in countries throughout the world to shed light on ways to address a global learning crisis. Countries around the world have been remarkably successful in making progress toward universal primary (elementary) schooling, but in many places, learning levels are poor, or have declined. As a result, even when children finish many years of schooling, they still lack basic math and literacy skills. The RISE agenda emphasizes the need to make changes that can provide children with the education they need to be successful adults in their local, national, and global communities.
Research about the experiences of Vietnam offers the potential to inform policies that can help other countries enhance students’ education.
Vietnam’s achievements in elementary and secondary education over the last two decades are extraordinary. Out of 65 countries, Vietnam ranked 17th in math and 19th in reading — surpassing both the United States and the United Kingdom — in the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the worldwide scholastic performance measure of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Vietnam’s primary school completion rate is 97 percent, and its lower secondary enrollment rate is 92 percent.
“Vietnam’s success raises key questions about how it reached such levels of learning, and whether its achievements can provide insights that help other nations,” said Paul Glewwe, one of the research team’s principal investigators (PIs). He has been engaged in research in Vietnam for 25 years and is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. “The project is very ambitious in scope, and it takes advantage of an incredible success story in education in developing countries.”
Co-PI Joan DeJaeghere, associate professor in CEHD’s Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is part of a team of nine experts from institutions within and outside of Vietnam that will undertake a systematic evaluation of Vietnam’s education system by analyzing the status and impacts of past, current, and upcoming educational reforms. The aim is to understand how policy levers made Vietnam’s exceptional achievements possible, and whether and how new reforms are able to build on its achievements. DeJaeghere is a Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist to Vietnam, having worked on education projects there for over 10 years.
RISE is managed and implemented through a partnership based in Oxford, UK, between leading international development consultancy Oxford Policy Management and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. Research is led by the Center for Global Development, a non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C.
Arthur Harkins, professor emeritus in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development in the CIDE program, passed away on Wednesday. He was an associate professor and retired from OLPD in 2014.
Art came to the University in 1967 with a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and he was one of the first three Coordinators in the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). He had also been a faculty member in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (SPFE) and in the Master of Liberal Studies program.
Art was particularly interested in the relationship among three things: technology, education, and the workforce. During his career, he co-authored or co-edited five books, including Cultures of the Future and StoryTech: A Personalized Guide to the 21st Century. One of the projects in which he was most involved was StoryTech, a controlled imagination process he invented while studying the Shinto religion. The technique involves story telling using alterable variables. He was also deeply involved in a cross-college certificate in innovation studies, one of the first of its kind in the nation. It was aimed at helping the University prepare “innovation workers.” Art also co-developed Leapfrog Institutes, an OLPD and CEHD program that worked to promote pilot projects and policy development focused on non-formal education, innovation, and the use of advanced hand-held learning devices.
Art taught both undergraduates and graduate students in OLPD in courses on knowledge systems, cultural models and simulations, and innovative systems thinking. In 2000, he received the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Continuing Education.
For those of us who knew Art, he was truly an innovative thinker and will be sorely missed.
~ Frances Vavrus, OLPD Interim Department Chair
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Joan DeJaeghere, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) worked with Aditi Arur (CIDE alumnus) to complete baseline interviews with 60 young girls and their parents, who participate in a life skills program that Room to Read implements in Ajmer, Rajasthan. The baseline qualitative data is part of a 3-year study with colleagues, Jessica Leight (Williams College) and Eric Edmonds (Dartmouth) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), India, funded by the Department of Labor. The research seeks to answer the question of whether life skills training and mentoring by older female role models, denoted “social mobilizers,” can affect girls progress through and completion of secondary school, lower their rates of participation in child labor, and enhance their non-cognitive skills.
Deanne Magnusson, lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), gave the keynote address Re-Imagining School Leadership in an Era of Globalization and Glocalization at a conference for Sultanate of Oman school principals. The conference, held April 25-26 in Muscat, Oman, was sponsored by the Oman Ministry of Education as a leadership development initiative and as a celebration of high achieving Omani schools and students.
Photo: Magnusson (right) with an Oman principal and student. The principal’s school was presented with a High Performing School Achievement Award at the conference banquet, and the student is the highest performing student in the 4th grade class.
David Chapman, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was a guest of the Malaysia Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) to serve as a facilitator in the Global Higher Education Forum 2016 sponsored by IPPTN in Penang, Malaysia.
Christopher Johnstone, assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has received a 2015-2016 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Council of Graduate Students, Professional Student Government, and the Student Conflict Resolution Center. This award was established in 2010 as a way to recognize contributions of faculty members who go above and beyond in their work with graduate students. It is the only award where faculty members are nominated by and winners are selected by graduate students. He was nominated by a couple of his M.A. advisees and received the award at a recognition event on April 21, 2016.
Alexandre Ardichvili, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), delivered the Distinguished HRD Scholar Lecture at the College of Education of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign on April 28, 2016.