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Sept. 28, 2007

Image: Book jacket of “Amish education in the United States and Canada” by Mark W. Dewalt, published by Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006

Dewalt discusses Amish education in two public lectures Oct. 4

The public will have two opportunities to gain insight into the world of Amish education through lectures sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Education and the Johnson County Historical Society.

Mark W. Dewalt, director of graduate studies in the College of Education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., will discuss "Amish Educational Practices and Implications for a Postmodern World," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in N201 Lindquist Center on the UI campus.

Dewalt has been studying Amish culture and rural schools in general for more than 20 years and has written a scholarly book entitled, "Amish Education in the United States and Canada."

Dewalt will also host a free, public talk later the same day, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 titled "The Aftermath of the Amish School Shootings at Nickel Mines, Pa." in the Johnson County Historical Society Museum, 806 Quarry Road in Coralville. This talk will kick off the 2007 Country School Preservation Conference, Thursday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 6. For more information, contact the Johnson County Historical Society at 319-351-5738.

"Education in the United States is diverse in countless ways, including with respect to religion," said Christine Ogren, associate professor of history of education in the UI College of Education's Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies. "Thus, understanding the Amish approach to education enhances our knowledge about diversity in American education. In addition, the Amish tradition of education in 'country,' or one-room schools, is especially relevant in Iowa, where the one-room school on our state quarter reflects the prominence of country schooling in our educational history."

For more information or special accommodations to attend the noon lecture, contact Ogren at 319-335-5202.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Chris Ogren, UI College of Education, 319-335-5202,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Stacie Carpenter