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ERIC Number: ED015157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct-21
Pages: 24
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THE CONCEPT OF EQUALITY OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY.
COLEMAN, JAMES S.
THIS PAPER EXAMINES THE CONCEPT OF "EQUALITY OF EDUCATION" IN TERMS OF ITS MEANING TO SOCIETY. THE AUTHOR DISCUSSES WHAT THE CONCEPT HAS MEANT IN THE PAST, BEGINNING WITH PRE-INDUSTRIAL EUROPE AND ENDING WITH THE UNITED STATES OFFICE OF EDUCATION'S SURVEY, "EQUALITY OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY." HE ALSO SUGGESTS WHAT THE CONCEPT, AS IT HAS EVOLVED TO THE PRESENT, WILL MEAN IN THE FUTURE. HE ASKS THE QUESTIONS--WHOSE OBLIGATION IS IT TO PROVIDE SUCH EQUALITY. IS THE CONCEPT A FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND ONE, OR DOES IT HAVE INHERENT CONTRADICTIONS OR CONFLICTS WITH SOCIAL ORGANIZATION. THE AUTHOR SEES THE BASIC CHANGE IN THE CONCEPT OF "EQUALITY OF EDUCATION" AS EVOLVING FROM THE PROVISION OF EQUAL LEARNING FACILITIES FOR ALL WITHOUT CONCERN FOR INDIVIDUAL, EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES, TO AN ACTIVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TYPE OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM THAT WILL OVERCOME INDIVIDUAL HANDICAPS RESULTING FROM ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR A CONFERENCE ON THE U.S. OFFICE OF EDUCATION REPORT ON "EQUALITY OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY" OCT. 21, 1967, HARVARD, CAMBRIDGE. (RP)
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Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.
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