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ERIC Number: ED149001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul-15
Reference Count: 0
Community Case Studies on School Desegregation.
Pettigrew, Thomas F.; Kipp, Rae Cecilia
Though it has been a much publicized national process for a full generation, racial desegregation of the public schools has not received sustained and rigorous evaluation. This report is an attempt to assess the quality and characteristics of community oriented case studies on school desegregation. The search strategy for accessibility and criteria set for appropriateness of case studies are described. Critical reviews are presented of eleven studies. Based on the bibliographical search and case study reviews, it is concluded that although a number of community studies on public school desegregation exist, they consist predominantly of descriptive reports of widely varying quality. The few research oriented studies found are strongest in the comparative criteria concerned with an adequate political perspective, a focus upon integration, and attention to the multilevel nature of the desegregation process. They are weakest in such criteria as an adequate quasi-experimental design and attention to differential effects across different aggregate units. Focusing on these conclusions, suggestions are offered for future and higher quality community school desegregation studies. An extensive bibliography, a list of case studies in progress, and a list of forty communities which have experienced school desegregation are appended to this report. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A