Exploring Unequal Achievement in the Schools The Social Construction of Failure

ISBN-10: 0739124692
ISBN-13: 9780739124697
Edition: 2010
Authors: George Ansalone
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List price: $36.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 9/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Perplexing Problems in American Schooling
Schools in Crisis
The Need for Educational Sociology
Applying Sociological Theory to Education
The Development of American Schooling
Does Schooling Really Matter?
Previous Explanations for Unequal Achievement
Explaining Unequal Achievement
The Problem of Unequal Achievement
Employing Sociological Theory to Explain Unequal Achievement
Three Explanations of Unequal Achievement
Conclusions
The Role of Family
Explaining Unequal Achievement: The Family
The Importance of Family Background
The Concept of Cultural Capital
The Concept of Social Capital
Family Characteristics and Academic Achievement
Parental Involvement and Academic Achievement
The Role of the School
Exploring Unequal Achievement: Differences Between Schools
The Fundamental Belief in American Schooling
The Challenge to Excellence and Access
Differences Between Schools and Academic Achievement
Contextual Issues-School and Class Size, Racial and SES Context of the School, Single Gender Schools and Classes
Explaining Unequal Achievement: Within-School Differences
The Significance of Within-School Differences
Tracking: A Prime Factor in Unequal Achievement
Getting on Track: Is Achievement Related to Specific Track Structure?
Tracking Outcomes
The Legality of Tracking
Conclusions/Implications for Educational Policy
A Theoretical Synthesis
Explaining Unequal Achievement in School: A Theoretical Synthesis
Previous Explanations of Unequal Achievement
Toward a Theoretical Synthesis
The Social Construction of Reality
Labeling Theory
Teacher Expectations
The Process of Becoming an Underachiever
Conclusions and Discussion
Where Do We Go From Here? Discussion and Policy Implications
Solving the Problem of Unequal Achievement
What Can Schools Do? Effective Schools Research
What Can Families Do?
What Can Governments Do?
Conclusion
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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