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November 24, 1999

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Crooks, 360/546-9600, crooks@vancouver.wsu.edu
STORY SOURCE: Bonnie Bentz, 360/546-9665, bentzb@vancouver.wsu.edu

Education researcher to visit WSU Vancouver campus

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Anthropologist and education researcher John Ogbu will discuss "A Cultural-Ecological Theory of Minority School Performance" during a Dec. 2 talk at Washington State University Vancouver. The 7 p.m. presentation is set for the WSU Vancouver auditorium and is open to the public without charge. A reception follows.

Ogbu, a member of the University of California, Berkeley faculty, will be at WSU Vancouver three days consulting with WSU education professor Obed Norman on a National Science Foundation-funded project. The $500,000 project, directed by Norman, is aimed at improving science achievement of minority students.

Ogbu has done extensive research for the past 30 years on the issue of minority student achievement. The book "Eminent Educators: Studies in Intellectual Influence" notes Ogbu as "one of the four intellectual giants of the 20th century in education …(whose) contribution indelibly shaped education for the better."

More information about the presentation can be obtained by calling Bonnie Bentz in the education department at 360/546-9665.

WSU Vancouver provides junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses leading to 13 bachelor’s and seven master’s degrees. The campus is located on 351 acres seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.

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