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The imprint of business norms on American education

Author: Dameon Alexander
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Cambria Press, ©2011.
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American education is at a critical juncture because the traditional skills taught in schools and universities might no longer be valid to prepare students for a global economy. This is a prevailing argument in the education reform debate. Corporations are now being turned to for the solution. Regarding western educational discourse, transitional periods in education extend as far back as the Middle Ages in Europe.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dameon Alexander
ISBN: 9781604977943 1604977949
OCLC Number: 761369427
Description: xiii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I Building a Theory --
Chapter 1: Initial Thoughts --
The Premise --
What Is the Imprint? --
Democracy: A Diminishing Concept --
Chapter 2: Knowledge Is Meaningful --
Knowledge Is Free, Too --
Two Autonomies --
Knowable Social World --
Chapter 3: A Historical Trend --
The Mania of Business in Education --
Sociological Concerns --
Chapter 4: Out With the Old --
Knowledge Is Ancient History --
Catholic Education and the Jesuits --
Chapter 5: In With the New --
Corporate Rationale --
Pedagogy, in Executive Hands? --
Educational Investments: Power in Action --
Essential Problems --
Chapter 6: Theoretical Crux --
Ideological Power --
Axiomatic Processes: Production and Education --
Theoretical Tribute to Basil Bernstein --
Theory Behind Motivations --
Critical Thinking: An Educational Model --
Part II Shuffling Through the Data --
Intersection --
Chapter 7: Statistical Motivation --
Questionnaire Analysis --
Quantitative Inferences --
Chapter 8: Visible Intervention --
Qualitative Discovery --
Discernable Norms --
Organization of Knowledge --
Chapter 9: Invisible Intervention --
Qualitative Confirmation --
Company X --
Tacit Effects --
Part III Connecting the Dots --
Closing --
Chapter 10: What’s the Point? --
Reshaping Power Relations --
Impact on Critical Thinking --
The Connection to Knowledge --
Implications for Knowledge --
Synthesis --
Chapter 11: Final Thoughts --
The Reality --
Appendix A: Cognitive Norms—Educational Model --
Appendix B: Company X—Corporate Values Framework --
Appendix C --
Realism Versus Relativism --
Research Design Strategy --
Case Study Research: Strengthening Its Weaknesses --
Site for Scientific Discovery
Responsibility: Dameon V. Alexander.

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American education is at a critical juncture because the traditional skills taught in schools and universities might no longer be valid to prepare students for a global economy. This is a prevailing argument in the education reform debate. Corporations are now being turned to for the solution. Regarding western educational discourse, transitional periods in education extend as far back as the Middle Ages in Europe. In America, since the turn of the century there has been an underpinning influence on education: the role of business. Yet, how often do we hold businesses accountable for their contributions to education? Business and education alliances can greatly benefit the system on both the K-12 and university levels. However, if the work that education is supposed to accomplish is underestimated and the plight of education is handed blindly over to a corporate paradigm, there might be more harm done than good. For some, it might seem unsavory that education has turned into a profitable business. For others, it is a dream come true. Although several scholars have analyzed the correspondence between education and the economy, few have examined it using a British pedagogical framework combined with an economic typology of power. The goal of this book is to explore the existence of certain capitalist realities in the American education system to find a balance between the distinct ideologies of education and business. This book is a theory-building exercise that centers on a descriptive multiple-case study of two senior high schools: a private, Jesuit school with a mission to educate students for university disciplines and a public charter school designed for career preparation, both located in Washington, D.C. A combination of survey, dialogic, observational, and documentary techniques was employed in a multi-methodological approach. This enterprise draws on Basil Bernstein's pedagogical theory of symbolic educational knowledge codes while attempting to fill a gap in its theoretical apparatus. The endeavor highlights some effects of alliances between business and education, while exploring concepts of power, critical thinking, and knowledge. A realist theoretical lens is a key component in this study where business norms are conceptualized as a social entity ontologically effectual to educational processes. Traditional forms of education are revealed to be in competition with alternative forms of education, where the high-technology age is perceived as a contributor to educational change. One of the unique analyses drawn from the research fieldwork elucidates differences between a religious paradigm and a careerist pedagogical approach. Ultimately, three contextual themes emerge from the data: entrepreneur ethics, social skills, and technology; all of these are indications of how business mores are apparent in education. The salient theme in this endeavor is the control of knowledge by institutions and/or individuals. The Imprint of Business Norms on American Education is an important book for social entrepreneurs, education reformers, education and sociological studies. -- Provided by publisher.

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A Must Read for Our Current Challenges

by PWigginsCPA (WorldCat user published 2012-06-12) Excellent Permalink

'The Imprint' provides a critical analysis of the influences of business on the educational system. Specifically, Alexander acutely builds an argument that the structures and processes of business & management have affected and will continue to affect the outcomes of learning....
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The risk of an assembly line approach to education

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What is the purpose of education? If you believe that one of the many answers to this question is to get a job, then this book is an important read. Numerous reports have...
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