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ERIC Number: ED014521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Pages: 8
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Reference Count: 0
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DISADVANTAGED POPULATIONS.
GORDON, EDMUND W.
AS NOTED IN THE PREFACE TO THE BIBLIOGRAPHY WHICH MAKES UP THE BULK OF THIS BULLETIN, NEGROES RECEIVE THE GREATEST SHARE OF ATTENTION IN THE EXTENSIVE LITERATURE ON DISADVANTAGED POPULATIONS. THE LITERATURE IS PRIMARILY DESCRIPTIVE AND POLEMICAL AND LACKS INTENSIVE ANALYSIS AND ATTENTION TO SPECIFIC SUBGROUPS. DISADVANTAGED GROUPS ARE SEEN AS AN UNDIFFERENTIATED MASS, A VIEWPOINT WHICH NEGLECTS THE VARIETY, CONDITIONS, PROBLEMS, AND POTENTIAL ASSETS OF LOW-STATUS PEOPLE. THE "SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED" ARE PEOPLE HANDICAPPED BY LOW SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AS WELL AS, IN SOME GROUPS, BY ETHNIC AND CULTURAL CASTE STATUS. COMING FROM BACKGROUNDS WHICH ARE CULTURALLY DIFFERENT, DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN LACK THE EXPERIENCES NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL AND SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT. CONCENTRATION OF SUCH GROUPS IN THE INNER-CITY HAS CREATED PARTICULAR PRESSURES ON URBAN SCHOOLS TO DEVELOP BETTER WAYS TO EDUCATE THEM. AS WELL AS CONSIDERING THE INFLUENCE OF A CHILD'S ENVIRONMENT ON HIS LEARNING, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS MUST "OPTIMIZE AND MAXIMIZE" ACHIEVEMENT IN BASIC SKILLS. THE BIBLIOGRAPHY IS IN THREE SECTIONS--(1) BOOK-LENGTH TREATMENTS OF THE PROBLEM OF THE DISADVANTAGED, (2) DEMOGRAPHIC AND STATUS STUDIES, AND (3) LITERATURE ON CULTURAL AND SOCIAL PATTERNS. ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS BULLETIN ARE SHORT BOOK REVIEWS BY DOXEY WILKERSON OF KENNETH CLARK'S "DARK GHETTO" AND BY CLARENCE SENIOR OF "IMPERATIVES FOR CHANGE," EDITED BY ADELAIDE JABLONSKY.
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Authoring Institution: Yeshiva Univ., New York, NY. Ferkauf Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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