Robert F. Arnove

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Professor Robert F. Arnove "received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1959 (English Literature), an M.A. from Tufts University in 1961 (International Relations and Law), and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1969 (International Development Education). Since joining IU in 1969, he has served as the director of graduate programs in Foundations of Education, International and Comparative Education, and Education Policy Studies. He is a past President of the North American Comparative and International Education Society (2000-2001), and an Honorary Fellow of the society for lifelong contributions to scholarship in this field of study.

"Professor Arnove is an expert in the fields of comparative and international education and the sociology of education. He has made major contributions to research on national education systems from a world-systems perspective, to the critical analysis of the role major philanthropic foundations play in agenda setting in education and social science research, to the historical and comparative study of national literacy campaigns, to the conceptualization of nonformal and popular education as well as alternative schools, and to the study of political and educational change in Latin America, in general, and Nicaragua, in particular.

"Professor Arnove has been a visiting scholar and professor at Stanford University, McGill University, the University of Iowa, Hangzhou University (China), the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Madrid (La Complutense), the University of Salamanca, the Federal University of Bahia (on a Fulbright Lectureship), the University of Palermo (Buenos Aires, as UNESCO Chair of Higher Education), the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Iberoamerican University in the Dominican Republic. He has received numerous teaching and service awards from Indiana University, including the Amoco Distinguished Teaching Award (1982), the FACET (Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching) Award (1991), the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies (1995), and the University Graduate School Distinguished Teaching Mentoring Award (1998). He was named a Chancellors' Professor in 2001." [1]

He is the coproducer of a one-hour documentary film, "Alternative Public School" (1978).

Service/Outreach Projects [1]

  • Delegate to the White River Central Labor Council and member of its Education Committee, 1982-1993.
  • Citizens for Jail Improvement, 1981-89.
  • Founding member of the Monroe County Chapter of the Gray Panthers, Member of the Steering Committee, 1981-1999.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Shelter, Inc. (provides shelters and services for homeless people of Monroe County), past chair of its Program Committee, 1990-95.
  • Co-chair of the United Way Fund Drive in the IU School of Education, 1993-95.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Area 10 Agency on Aging, 1993-present.

Selected Publications

Selected Articles

  • "The ford foundation and “Competence building” overseas: Assumptions, approaches, and outcomes", Studies in Comparative International Development (SCID), Volume 12, Number 3, September, 1977.

Reviews of Philanthropy and Cultural Imperialism

Resources and articles

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  1. Robert F. Arnove, Indiana University, accessed October 7, 2008.