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Overcoming Disadvantage In Education

Author: Stephen Gorard
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135009538
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Governments, local authorities, school leaders, and teachers all over the world want to improve the educational attainment and participation of all students, and to minimise any systematic differences in outcomes for social and economic groups. A particular concern is for those students from backgrounds that may objectively disadvantage them at school and beyond. However, considerable effort and money is currently being wasted on policies, practices and interventions that have very little hope of success, and that may indeed endanger the progress that is being made otherwise. The poor quality of much education research evidence, coupled with an unwillingness among users of evidence to discriminate appropriately between what we know and do not know, means that opportunities are being missed. At a time of reduced public spending it is important that proposed interventions are both effective and efficient. Overcoming Disadvantage in Education is unique in the way that it: Shows where the solutions to underachievement and poverty lie combines primary(new), secondary (official) and published (review) evidence distinguishes between those possible causes of underachievement that are largely fixed for individuals, and those that are modifiable. There are evidence-informed ways forward in handling under-achievement and increasing social justice in education. This book shows which the more likely approaches are, and where further work could yield further benefits. This book will be a key text for students, developing academic researchers and supervisors in the social sciences, and for those research users charged with improving educational outcomes.

Achieving Equity And Quality In Higher Education

Author: Mahsood Shah
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319783165
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Across the world, higher education is witnessing exponential growth in both student participation and types of educational providers. One key phenomenon of this growth is an increase in student diversity: governments are widening access to higher education for students from traditionally underrepresented groups. However, this raises questions about whether this rapid growth may in face compromise academic quality. This book presents case studies of how higher education institutions in diverse countries are maintaining academic excellence while increasing the access and participation of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Including case studies spanning four continents, the authors and editors examine whether increasing widening participation positively impacts upon academic quality. This volume will be of interest and value to students and scholars of global higher education, representation and participation in education, and quality in higher education.

Combating Educational Disadvantage

Author: Dr Theo Cox
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135707081
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The New Labour Government puts Education, Education, Education at the heart of its agenda but is it doing enough to combat educational disadvantage? Combating Educational Disadvantage sets the discussion of educational disadvantage within the socio-political context of the 1980s and 1990s, with its market philosophy in education and brings together the contributions of leading writers and researchers of international standing.

Can School Improvement Overcome The Effects Of Disadvantage

Author: Peter Mortimore
Publisher: Inst of Education
ISBN: 9780854736256
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When this book was first published in 1997 the relationship between pupils’ backgrounds and their school achievement has received little attention in education discussions. Although there has been more recognition of the problem, the correlation between disadvantaged family background and low achievement persists. The authors have revised and updated their discussion of what disadvantage can mean for pupils, the strategies that have been adopted to combat it and the efficacy of these programmes. The authors argue that efforts to compensate at school for disadvantage at home have been too limited in scope. They endorse school improvement work, which has established mechanisms for whole-school change, but fear that claims for its significance may have been exaggerated. They consider that, if the achievement gap between the advantaged and their disadvantaged peers is to be closed, the present government must go beyond its work on school improvement. It should better co-ordinate initiatives that seek more directly to help the disadvantaged, maintain those interventions which have proved to have positive effects and extend the opportunities for post-school learning.

Against The Wall

Author: Elijah Anderson
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812240979
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An exploration of how young black men have come to be identified publicly with crime and violence features a foreword by Cornel West and sixteen original essays by such contributors as William Julius Wilson, Douglas S. Massey, and Gerald D. Jaynes.

Improving Urban Schools

Author: Ainscow
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335223990
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The book includes vivid accounts of these activities to shed light on what really happens in urban schools, and presents practical strategies for school leaders and practitioners who want to make a difference in urban schools.

Beyond The School Gates

Author: Colleen Cummings
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136810188
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This book, for the first time ever, critically examines the role of full service and extended schools. The authors draw on their extensive international evaluations of this radical new phenomenon to ask: What do extended or full service schools hope to achieve, and why should services based on schools be any more effective than services operating from other community bases? What pattern of services and activities is most effective? What does extended schooling mean for children and families who are not highly disadvantaged, or for schools outside the most disadvantaged areas? How can schools lead extended services at the same time as doing their ‘day job’ of teaching children? Why should schools be concerned with family and community issues? Beyond the advocacy of ‘extended provision’, what real evidence is there that schools of this kind make a difference, and how can school leaders evaluate the impact of their work? This book will be of interest to anyone involved in extended and full service school provision, as a practitioner, policy-maker, or researcher.

Overcoming Disadvantage Through The Innovative Classroom

Author: Rosalyn Black
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Australia is a high performing but low equity country with regards to educational attainment. Low socio-economic background students and schools with large numbers of these students perform less well than higher socio-economic background students and schools. Yet some schools are turning around student learning outcomes despite the impact of disadvantage. With funding from The R E Ross Trust, Education Foundation Australia is conducting a study into how schools in our most disadvantaged communities are breaking the pattern of low student engagement and achievement. Informed by a review of research and practice, the study documents the learning strategies used by nine Victorian schools to engage low socio-economic background students in the crucial middle years, what supports or hinders them in their work and how successful models can be implemented across other schools serving high poverty communities.