Exploring Unequal Achievement in the Schools

Exploring Unequal Achievement in the Schools : The Social Construction of Failure

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For over a half century, educational sociologists have struggled to explain the cause of differential academic achievement in the school. This book attempts to offer an explanation by examining the role played by ascribed characteristics of students (race, gender, and class) and educational practices and structures of schools (testing, tracking, and teacher expectations) as they combine to create a self-fulfilling prophesy of behavior and belief.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739124684
  • 9780739124680

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Recommended. CHOICE, September 2009 This work brings new clarity to the problem of underachievement in our schools. Unlike other books in the field, it explores the important issue through the eyes of a social constructionist, enabling us to appreciate more fully the power inherent in schools to impact student achievement. This multidisciplinary work is informative, thought provoking, and, most importantly, well researched. I recommend it to all parents, teachers, school administrators, and students of sociology and education. -- Diane B. Scricca, superintendent of schools in Riverhead Central School District, New Yorkshow more

About George Ansalone

George Ansalone is professor of sociology at St. John's University in New York.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Part 1. Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Perplexing Problems in American Schooling Part 3 Part 2. Previous Explanations for Unequal Achievement Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Explaining Unequal Achievement Part 5 Part 3. The Role of Family Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Explaining Unequal Achievement: The Family Part 7 Part 4. The Role of the School Chapter 8 Chapter 4. Explaining Unequal Achievement: Between-School Differences Chapter 9 Chapter 5. Explaining Unequal Achievement: Within-School Differences Part 10 Part 5. A Theoretical Synthesis Chapter 11 Chapter 6. Explaining Unequal Achievement: A Theoretical Synthesis Part 12 Part 6. Conclusions and Discussion Chapter 13 Chapter 7. Where Do We Go From Here? Discussion and Policy Implicationsshow more

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