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ERIC Number: ED359306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Bucking the Trends: Promoting Successful Urban Education.
Mortimore, Peter
The main trends in urban education, particularly in England and the United Kingdom, are reviewed and analysed, along with descriptions of a series of projects and interventions. In particular, the paper: reviews the relevant research evidence about the current state of urban education; considers the scope for change; reports on worthwhile initiatives from the United Kingdom and other countries; and recommends steps to promote successful urban education. In many of the developed countries of the world, urban education is seen predominantly as a major problem, characterized by unsatisfactory attendances, patchy standards, and high underachievement and dropout rates. Scope for "bucking" these trends is limited by the impact of poverty and disadvantage and the structure of some aspects of the current educational system. Having discussed these limitations, the paper then goes on to discuss possible opportunities, reviewing early childhood programs, ways of improving classroom practice, ways of improving school management and organization, innovative school programs, school-linked projects, and creation of new learning environments. This review shows that: (1) programs for children under 5 years old are clearly worth investment; (2) the structure of the learning environment appears important at both primary school and secondary school levels; (3) links with parents, the community, and business are important; and (4) some innovative programs such as reading recovery and the cognitive acceleration in science project deserve close attention. Includes 34 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)