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Exploring Unequal Achievement in the Schools (Electronic book text)
Exploring Unequal Achievement in the Schools (Electronic book text): George Ansalone
Exploring Unequal Achievement in the Schools (Electronic book text): George Ansalone

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George Ansalone

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One of the most disturbing problems in American education today is the unequal achievement of children in schools. Few problems have sparked greater concern than the issue of why students from different social origins differ so significantly in their academic performance. This book explores the role played by families and schools in this troubling problem. It employs a social constructionist approach in considering how ascribed characteristics (race, gender, and class) intersect with the daily interactions of teachers and students in classrooms and with the educational practices and structures within schools (tracking, testing, and teacher expectations) to play an exacting role in the construction of success or failure. It suggests that the new student identity that begins to emerge as a result of these processes provides a self-fulfilling prophesy of expectation and belief, which defines how students see themselves as learners and achievers. Through these practices, schooling becomes a crucial factor in the social construction of academic success. The author's final conclusion is inescapable: unequal achievement in school is largely a social construction. But it is a social construction facilitated both by student attributes including gender, race, and class and by the educational structures and policies some schools employ. Because of this undeniable fact, parents, educational practitioners, and policy makers must continue to investigate social policies and practices relative to student abilities and make every effort to understand how they may be related to achievement. Informed by research, they must endeavor to see this power inherent in schooling and the need to effect change.

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Imprint: Lexington Books
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2009
Authors: George Ansalone
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 243
ISBN-13: 978-1-282-49441-1
Barcode: 9781282494411
Categories: Promotions
Books > Social sciences > Education > Organization & management of education
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Books > Social sciences > Education > Philosophy of education
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities
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LSN: 1-282-49441-4

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