Saturday, April 14, 2012

Re: Foundations’ Newfound Advocacy

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent discussion list post “Re: Foundations’ Newfound Advocacy” [Hake (2012)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Norman Stahl of the LRNASST list has called attention to Doug Lederman’s (2012) Inside Higher Ed report “Foundations’ Newfound Advocacy” at Lederman, in turn, points to a paper
“ ‘Advocacy Philanthropy’ and the Public Policy Agenda: The Role of Modern Foundations in American Higher Education” [Hall & Thomas (2012) at].

Lederman wrote: “Hall and Thomas channel fears that the consensus that Gates and Lumina have built through their common agenda-setting (in league with federal and state officials) and their comparatively massive, widely distributed dollars (to a cottage industry of ‘intermediaries’) has given them ‘outsized influence’ and squelched alternative points of view.”

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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“The academic area is one of the most difficult areas to change in our society. We continue to use the same methods of instruction, particularly lectures, that have been used for hundreds of years. Little scientific research is done to test new approaches, and little systematic attention is given to the development of new methods. Universities that study many aspects of the world ignore the educational function in which they are engaging and from which a large part of their revenues are earned.”
Richard M. Cyert, former president of
Carnegie Mellon University as quoted in Tuma & Reif (1980)

REFERENCES [All URL’s shortened by and accessed on 14 April 2012.]

Hake, R.R. 2012. “Re: Foundations' Newfound Advocacy,”online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 14 Apr 2012 08:23:38-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are also being transmitted to several discussion lists.

Tuma, D.T. & F. Reif, eds. 1980. Problem Solving and Education: Issues in Teaching and Research, Lawrence Erlbaum. information at

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