Drawing extensively from critical educational theory, feminist
perspectives and the writings of community college insiders as well
as from her three years of classroom research, Professor Herideen
develops the concept of Critical Mainstreaming. This educational
model transcends traditional dichotomies such as vocational vs.
liberal arts education and educating for critical consciousness vs.
training for upward mobility. Critical Mainstreaming provides a
unique pedagogy designed to maximize educational and career success
for nontraditional students. Her work challenges the current wave
of higher educational reform proposed by policymakers such as
President Clinton and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich by
showing the limitations of the human capital model for education.
Dr. Herideen proposes structural and instructional innovations so
that educators, administrators, and policymakers can remedy rather
than reproduce existing social inequities.
Despite the fact that 39% of the nation's college students
attend community colleges, there is almost no literature using
student voices to explore the dilemmas of nontraditional students.
This book is unique because it combines macro and micro
sociological analysis by blending the insights of community college
insiders with the abstract principles proposed by critical
theorists. Through a theoretically based experimental approach to
education for the less privileged, Professor Herideen shows the
strengths and limitations of a variety of educational models.
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