ERIC Number: ED208097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Itinerary of the Concept "Equal Educational Opportunity".
Martel, Laurence Dean; And Others
This collection of papers grew out of a response to the need for a more adequate theory of educational equity to guide research and public policy. Section one argues that there is a need to shift the educational policy focus from frequency rates to the conditions of opportunity. In the second section, three theories of distribution of opportunities are addressed. Papers included analyze the structure of the political arguments for equal educational opportunity, the efficiency origins of social equity issues, and a theory of equal educational opportunity based on human diversity with social justice. Section three treats the practical concerns involved in achieving educational equity. Questions examined in the context of state policy at all levels of education include what constitutes the availability of opportunity, sufficient opportunity, and appropriate opportunity. The final section discusses theories of inequity and explores the fundamental causes of inequities within the educational system. The first paper in the last section analyzes educational inequities from the perspective of class conflict theory, while the second paper asserts that the primary sources of inequity rest within the male/female perspectives generated within the family structure. (Author/APM)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Discrimination, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Family Structure, Government Role, Higher Education, Political Issues, Public Policy, Social Integration, Social Systems, Socioeconomic Status
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for a Human Future, Syracuse, NY.