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Conference explores link between democracy, education

STANFORD -- What are the effects of democracy on education - whether in Mali, Sao Paulo, Taiwan or among White Mountain Apaches? Does political change affect how schools are organized and what children learn?

Those are some of the topics to be explored when the Comparative and International Education Society holds its 1992 Western Regional meeting Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at the Center for Educational Research at Stanford. The conference, "Democratization in School and Society," is being sponsored by the Stanford International Development Education Committee.

"Right now, there's a wave of countries establishing themselves as democracies in the world," conference organizer Ruth Shapiro said. "With this conference, we're looking at what democracy means and how it affects educational systems.

"Basically, the conference looks at democracy and equity issues in a wide range of educational situations and scenarios. Higher education, literacy, the family, gender issues - these are all different aspects within the broad subject of education."

More than 100 speakers will participate in the conference, including Stanford School of Education alumnus Jonathan Jansen, now working the USAID project ABEL (Advanced Basic Literacy in Education) in South Africa. Jansen will speak on "Democratization in School and Society: The South African Dilemma."

Keith Bezanson, president of Canada's International Development Research Centre, a think tank for Canada's investment in the Third World, will discuss "International Cooperation in Educational Development: The Challenges of Democraticization."

Majif Rahnema, a University of California-Berkeley visiting professor of political science, will speak on "Patterns of Power and Resistance in Third World Countries."

From Stanford, key speakers will include education Professor Hans Weiler; political science Professors Philippe Schmitter and Terry Karl, who also is director of the Center for Latin American Studies; and Hoover Institution Fellow Larry Diamond.

The registration fee is $45 ($25 for students). Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the CERAS building. For more information, call Ruth Shapiro at (415) 723- 4645.



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