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In College's Front Door : Creating a College-Bound Culture of Learning in High Schools,9781612051031
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In College's Front Door : Creating a College-Bound Culture of Learning in High Schools

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ISBN13:

9781612051031

ISBN10:
1612051030
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
5/30/2012
Publisher(s):
Paradigm Pub

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This is the edition with a publication date of 5/30/2012.
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Summary

This book provides a critical analysis of the origins, nature, development, and transformation of the state and society historically and today, examining the class nature and social basis of politics and the state in different societal settings. The book emphasizes the centrality of class relations in explaining political power and the role of the state in class-divided societies by providing powerful theoretical and empirical analyses of themes in political sociology in an era of globalization. It examines in detail the major political issues and events of our time, and makes them relevant to the study of power and politics today. Students from many ethnic minority backgrounds and low-income families are underrepresented in American colleges and universities. This book describes and assesses educational policies and practices that seek to rectify this important manifestation of structured inequality. Inspired by a commitment to providing a pathway to college and beyond, Mehan and his team document the innovate practices developed and implemented at the nationally recognized schools created by The Center for Research in Educational Equity, Access, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of CaliforniaSan Diego: the Preuss School, a 612 charter school on the UCSD campus for underrepresented minority students; and nearby schools located in economically depressed neighborhoods. Based on long-term research, Mehan's book makes important contributions to the literature on educational achievement disparities that exist-and are growing-within the United States. He sheds light on how we can improve public policy for the futures of secondary school students.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Context of the Studyp. 15
Pushing Back against the Power-Preserving Tendencies of Bureaucraciesp. 43
Trying to Bend the Bars of the Iron Cage: The Possibilities and Limitations of Charter Schools as Models for Successful School Reformp. 67
Changes in Students' Aspirations and Conduct: The Role of Institutional Arrangementsp. 91
Conclusions: Contributions to a Theory of Educational Inequality, Social Policy, and the Possibility of Educational Equalityp. 115
Theoretical Orientationp. 139
Contributions to a Theory of Social Policyp. 155
Referencesp. 163
Indexp. 181
About the Author and Contributorsp. 187
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