Education Department

Has American Higher Ed. Lost Its Way? Bowdoin’s Dorn Delves Into Question in New Book

In his new book, For the Common Good, Professor of Education Charles Dorn challenges the rhetoric of America’s so-called crisis in higher education by investigating two centuries of college and university history.

Morality on Twitter: Collaborative Project Analyzes 1.2m Teacher Posts

A pioneering research project, involving education and computer science faculty, has now processed more than 1.2 million teacher tweets in an effort to get the true measure of what America’s educators are saying about their jobs.

Bowdoin Teacher Scholars Alumna Takes Curriculum Beyond the Classroom

Caroline Moore is a Bowdoin graduate and now works with Maine’s Island Institute in the Mentoring, Access and Persistence Program, which provides scholarships and support to high-school island students looking towards higher education. She discussed many benefits and details of the program in the Island Institute’s article “A new approach to post-secondary achievement,” so we decided to talk to Moore further.

GaoKao: Not Just a Test

American teens do not count themselves lucky for “only” having to take a month of after-school prep sessions and a few four-hour tests… except Hunter White. Hunter White’s independent study this semester with Professor of Education Alison Miller focuses on China’s college admissions testing system.

Edvertising: Jessen on the Growth of Advertising and Marketing in Schools (Have You Heard)

Sarah Butler Jessen, visiting assistant professor of education, was a guest on the podcast Have You Heard, during which she shared insight into her research into the practice of school marketing.

Voices in the Classroom: American Civics Education

This semester, Kristin Bishop embarked on an independent study with Professor Sarah Jessen asking, “What is the state of civic education in the US?” To answer this question, Bishop is conducting two investigations: first, research “to uncover national policies and laws surrounding civic education in public schools [with] a particular focus on Maine,” Bishop explains, and second, “volunteering and teaching directly in the classroom.”

Textbook Indoctrination: the High School History Version of Black Power

Nicholas returned from abroad inspired to investigate American education, and the gaps therein. Her independent study focuses on “textbooks and how they are constructed, because they are seemingly objective,” she says, and because they are often students’ only source of information. The subject Nicholas chose? The Black Power movement: it’s “not given its proper… the history in textbooks is not adequate. It’s very narrow, it’s one perspective.”

NYC Affordable Housing Pioneer Addresses New Public Health Class

Ellen Baxter ’75, renowned for building innovative housing for low-income tenants in New York City, recently returned to campus to share her insights on the intersections between affordable housing and health.