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Uneducated Guesses: Using Evidence to Uncover Misguided Education Policies


reviewed by Sharon Lawner Weinberg — November 17, 2011

coverTitle: Uneducated Guesses: Using Evidence to Uncover Misguided Education Policies
Author(s): Howard Wainer
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton
ISBN: 0691149283, Pages: 200, Year: 2011
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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 17, 2011
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16605, Date Accessed: 9/25/2017 11:36:19 PM

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  • Sharon Weinberg
    New York University
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    SHARON L. WEINBERG holds an A.B. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in psychometrics and research design methodology from Cornell University. Her current research focuses on issues of equity in higher education and the application of quantitative methods to address them. Her research-based volume, Diversity in American Higher Education: Toward A More Comprehensive Approach, co-edited with NYU colleague, Lisa Stulberg, was recently published by Routledge Press in 2011. The volume goes beyond the usual race and gender definition of diversity, covering a broad array of diversity issues in higher education, including, among others, sexual orientation, political conservatism, and policies and practices at the secondary school level and within the legal environment that impact diversity in higher education. Another publication, in 2010, "New Approaches for Addressing Two Key and Related Issues in Faculty Salaries: Compression and Cost of Living," addresses her interest in salary equity at the college level. Two more recent projects include exploring reasons that may serve to explain the recent female advantage in postsecondary enrollment, as well as the effect on higher education of the early 1990's uncapping of mandatory retirement ruling for college professors. Her book, Statistics Using SPSS: An Integrative Approach, co-authored with former graduate student, Sarah Abramowitz, reflects her interest in statistics education. It is now in its second edition (Cambridge University Press, 2008). She is the 2008 recipient of the NYU Steinhardt Award for Teaching Excellence. She is former Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at NYU, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Educational Researcher, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW), a nonsectarian foundation dedicated to supporting, the advancement of financially-needy women in college and graduate school through scholarships and other enrichment opportunities.
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