Alan DeYoung, Education

ALAN J. DEYOUNG, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1975. Professor and Department Chair 

Dr. DeYoung came to UK from Florida State University in 1977. In addition, he has a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology, and has served as a Faculty Associate and as Associate Director of the UK Appalachian Center in years past.

Dr. DeYoung teaches courses in Sociology of Education, Policy Issues in Education, and Education in American Culture. He also occasionally teaches Comparative Education, since he has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Aukland (New Zealand), the University of Rome, Almaty State University (Kazakstan) and the World Language Institute of the National Pedagogical University of the Kyrgyz Republic. He has twice been a Fulbright Scholar to the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (of the former USSR) since 1996.

Dr. DeYoung's general areas of interest are in rural schools and in the sociology, politics, and economics of educational change in rural America and in the former Soviet Union. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on Appalachian schools in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. His most recent work focuses upon educational dynamics in post-Soviet Central Asia. In 1996, Dr. DeYoung won the national research award of the National Rural Education Association for his book, Life and Death of a Rural American High School, a work about school consolidation in West Virginia. He has recently worked under subcontract to several National Science Foundation mathematics improvement projects in Appalachia, and has a new edited book Challenges of Education in Central Asia (Information Age Publishers, 2003). He also plans to spend much of 2004 and 2005 in the Kyrgyz Republic studying education reform. Dr. DeYoung was the winner of the John J. and Nancy Lee Roberts Fellowship, a prestigious award administered by the International Research Exchanges Board (IREX) of the US State Department.

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