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Education and Economic Development


by Randall Nielsen & Janice Rye Kinghorn 2008

No discipline has had the impact on Western education in the last fifty years that economics has. Not only have the aims of education been narrowed to focus more on preparing people for their economic role, but the schooling system itself has been reorganized to reflect this way of thinking about the world. Economists Randall Nielsen and Janice Kinghorn here provide an immanent critique; that is, they challenge the above from within, more particularly from within the field of economic development. They explain that the assumptions of growth accounting that created earlier models of economic development (and current schooling) have generally failed on their own terms: their thin conceptualizations were inadequate to deal with exchange relationships in complex social and political environments.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 13, 2008, p. 196-206
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18472, Date Accessed: 9/20/2017 8:54:36 AM

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  • Randall Nielsen
    Charles F. Kettering Foundation
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    RANDALL NIELSEN is a program officer at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, an operating research foundation that explores the ways democracy can be strengthened through innovation in political practices emphasizing citizen self-rule. His current research explores political institutions and economic change, and the ways that citizens, civic associations, and schools can organize themselves to engage the shared challenge of public education. Nielsen holds a Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Janice Kinghorn
    Antioch College
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    JANICE RYE KINGHORN is an associate professor of economics at Antioch College, an institution with a long history of experimental education. Her current research explores ideas of civic engagement, transitional experiences, and integrated learning within the higher education landscape. Kinghorn holds a Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
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