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Some subscribers to LRNASST- L might be interested in a recent 
discussion-list post "Re: Foundations' Newfound Advocacy" [Hake 
(2012)].

The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: Norman Stahl of the LRNASST list has called attention to 
Doug Lederman's (2012) "Inside Higher Ed" report "Foundations' 
Newfound Advocacy" at <http://bit.ly/HG3wc2>. 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 <http://bit.ly/HHNcIw>.

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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To access the complete 7 kB post please click on <http://bit.ly/HyCGik>.

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 <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 
14 April 2012.]

Hake, R.R. 2012. "Re: Foundations' Newfound Advocacy,"online on the 
OPEN! AERA-L archives at  <http://bit.ly/HyCGik>. 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 
and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/HIAjw3> with a 
provision for comments.

Tuma, D.T. & F. Reif, eds. 1980. "Problem Solving and Education: 
Issues in Teaching and Research," Lawrence Erlbaum. Amazon.com 
information at <http://amzn.to/jcAK2d>.

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