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Description - Children, Schools, And Inequality by Doris R. Entwisle

Educational sociologists have paid relatively little attention to children in middle childhood (ages 6 to 12), whereas developmental psychologists have emphasized factors internal to the child much more than the social contexts in explaining childrens development. Children, Schools, and Inequality redresses that imbalance. It examines elementary school outcomes (e. g. , test scores, grades, retention rates) in light of the socioeconomic variation in schools and neighborhoods, the organizational patterns across elementary schools, and the ways in which family structure intersects with childrens school performance. Adding data from the Baltimore Beginning School Study to information culled from the fields of sociology, child development, and education, this book suggests why the gap between the school achievement of poor children and those who are better off has been so difficult to close. Doris Enwistle, Karl Alexander, and Linda Olson show why the first-grade transitionhow children negotiate entry into full-time schoolingis a crucial period. They also show that events over that time have repercussions that echo throughout childrens entire school careers. Currently the only study of this life transition to cover a comprehensive sample and to suggest straightforward remedies for urban schools, Children, Schools, and Inequality can inform educators, practitioners, and policymakers, as well as researchers in the sociology of education and child development.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813366517
ISBN-10: 0813366518
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 254
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 11-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Doris R. Entwisle

Doris R. Entwisle and Karl L. Alexander are professors of sociology, both at Johns Hopkins University. Linda Steffel Olson is senior research assistant in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Doris R. Entwisle and Karl L. Alexander are professors of sociology, both at Johns Hopkins University. Linda Steffel Olson is senior research assistant in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

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