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Solving the Achievement Gap

Overcoming the Structure of School Inequality

Authors: Yeh, Stuart S.

  • Builds on voluminous research in order to explain the persistence of the achievement gap in schooling today
  • Draws upon well-established research from top scholars in the field 
  • Contradicts existing theories that the achievement gap is a product of sociocultural and socioeconomic differences that exist among children prior to entering the school system
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About this book

This book examines the cause of the student achievement gap, suggesting that the prevailing emphasis on socioeconomic factors, sociocultural influences, and teacher quality is misplaced. The cause of the achievement gap is not differences in parenting styles, or the economic advantages of middle-class parents, or differences in the quality of teachers. Instead, schools present learning tasks and award grades in ways that inadvertently undermine the self-efficacy, engagement, and effort of low-performing students, causing demoralization and exacerbating differences in achievement that are seen to exist as early as kindergarten. This process systematically maintains and widens initial gaps in achievement that might otherwise be expected to disappear over the K-12 years. Misdiagnosis of the nature of the achievement gap has led to misguided solutions. The author draws upon a range of research studies to support this view and to offer recommendations for improvement. <

About the authors

Stuart S. Yeh is Associate Professor of Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota, USA. He has published numerous scholarly articles and two books regarding promising strategies for addressing the achievement gap, and has served as an invited expert at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Reviews

“Quite intriguing...this book suggests that something bad is happening inside of our schools. I'm particularly fascinated by the idea that public schools function -- in the US at least -- as machines that destroy self-efficacy for all students, but are especially destructive for black and Hispanic children...I am hugely enthusiastic about the structural focus that places responsibility for the racial achievement gap squarely where it belongs -- with school practices and policies.” (William A. Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, USA)

 

“This book will generate substantial controversy in the educational policy field. It discredits several widely held and popular explanations for racial and ethnic disparities in test scores and other measures of academic achievement.  It debunks some of the most widely cherished and heralded views held by economists and other policy analysts  while carefully documenting and detailing how and why conventional solutions will not work. The book is a must read for anyone who thinks the debate has ended about how to narrow the achievement gap.” (Samuel L. Myers, Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice and Director of the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota, USA)

“A clear and compelling analysis and explanation of educational strategies that can be extremely helpful in reducing disparities in academic achievement.” (Pedro A. Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education and Director of the Center for the Study of School Transformation at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California--Los Angeles, USA)

“Yeh offers a bold new explanation for the persistently lower education success outcomes that have been observed in low-income minority students across the K-12 spectrum. His book not only critiques existing theories of the ‘achievement gap’ with cogent and extensive analysis, it presents a potent model for correcting structural elements in the American education system that could significantly reduce the problem.” (Lyn Corno, Professor of Education and Psychology (retired), Columbia University, USA, and Editor, Teachers College Record)

“Prof. Yeh offers a cogent and compelling synthesis of research findings from education, psychology, and economics, charting a path with great promise for addressing persistent gaps in performance among groups defined by income as well as race and ethnicity. His analysis points the way to higher achievement for all students. Equally important, it offers a positive vision of schools where students enjoy school more, and are truly motivated to learn.” (Edward Haertel, Jacks Family Professor of Education, Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, USA, and Vice-President, National Academy of Education)

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eBook 22,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58767-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover 89,66 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58765-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 28,47 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58766-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Solving the Achievement Gap
Book Subtitle
Overcoming the Structure of School Inequality
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58767-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58767-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58765-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-58766-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 240
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