ERIC Number: ED346612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Is Alice's World Too Middle Class? Recommendations for Effective Schools Research.
Findings from a study that examined the effectiveness of schools in closing the academic achievement gap between low and middle socio-economic status (SES) students in grades K-12 are presented in this paper. The main argument is that the schools identified as "effective" did not close the gap without simultaneously lowering the average academic achievement of mid-SES students. The middle-class bias inherent within the traditional organization of public schools has resulted in the failure of the public schools to educate lower-class children. Conversely, middle-class students fail to perform academically in a "reversal of fortune" school environment that is beneficial to low-SES students. In summary, the effective schools movement has failed to expand its research to include nontraditional educational alternatives. Recommendations for identifying effective schools, ranging from the general to the specific, include examining the effectiveness of cultural paradigms, specific teaching methods, curricula, and reward structures. (67 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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