Visiting scholar to discuss “Guidance Counseling Practices: Contested Terrain between Government, Counselors and Students in Belgium” March 31

March 27, 2008

DEARBORN / March 27, 2008---Géraldine André, a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, will present “Guidance Counseling Practices: Contested Terrain between Government, Counselors and Students in Belgium” from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 31 in Room 4051 of the campus’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

“Belgium’s reform-minded Ministry of Education wants guidance counselors to encourage students from lower class and working class backgrounds to take up academic tracks in high school rather than the more usual technical and vocational tracks which offer skills students often fail to attain,” according to Larry Radine, associate professor of behavioral sciences at UM-Dearborn. “Many of the guidance counselors feel exactly the same way, but the students don’t.

“André, who is a doctoral student in the socio-anthropology at Louvain Academy, near Brussels, has found through her research that the counselors are themselves split on this issue. Some feel that, despite the democratic ideals of the upward mobility policy, the better thing to do is to exercise ‘their practical sense’ and contest this political perspective and participate in the reproduction of power relations in the secondary school,” Radine said.

For more information about this event, contact Radine at 313-593-5114.

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