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ERIC Number: ED156758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 301
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The Invisible Children: School Integration in American Society.
Rist, Ray C.
This book describes the day-to-day life of students, teachers, administrators and parents in an affluent white school located in Portland, Oregon. It gives an account of the first year of racial integration in the school, 1973-1974, when about thirty students from the black community were bused to and from the school. To describe the process of integration in this school, the city school system is examined. The social and cultural milieu of the school itself, as well as the approach it took to the presence of black children in the classrooms for the first time, are described. The first three days of the school year, with a particular focus on one classroom, are described. Several other classrooms are watched and followed through the fall. The ongoing patterns of interaction in the school are examined and the children are followed until the end of the first semester. The persistent processes during the second semester and the decisions teachers made on promotion and retention during the last days of school are described. The merits and liabilities of the approach the school took toward integration are discussed and the broader implications for social policy and further research endeavors are outlined. A bibliography is included. (Author/MC)
Harvard University Press, 79 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 ($14.00)
Publication Type: Books
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Identifiers: Oregon (Portland)