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ERIC Number: ED451162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 179
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-3989-8
Finding One's Place: Teaching Styles and Peer Relations in Diverse Classrooms. Sociology of Education Series.
Plank, Stephen
This book highlights one school district's attempt to desegregate its schools according to socioeconomic status, focusing on a study of 10 fourth-grade classrooms. The study uncovered the ways that teachers' leadership styles, tasks, and reward structures affected students' peer relations. The 9 chapters focus on: (1) "Socioeconomic Desegregation and Community Politics" (the community of LaCrosse and the desegregation plan); (2) "Desegregation, Integration, and the Gulf That Can Lie Between Them" (desegregation and integration and classroom social organization); (3) "Places and Cases: The Toolbox Opened" (selection of 5 schools and 10 classrooms and data sources); (4) "Stepping Inside Ten Classrooms" (descriptive framework for activity and reward structure and the classrooms); (5) "A First Look at Peer Relations: Hierarchy and Egalitarianism" (predicting the shape of peer relations and distributions of workmate nominations); (6) "More on Peer Relations: Cohesive Subgroups" (e.g., two classrooms compared, subgroup membership, and egalitarian versus hierarchy); (7) "A Further Examination of Workmates and Playmates" (the models and findings); (8) "The Roots of Belonging and Participation" (location and focusing on students); and (9) "Implications for Educational Research and Practice" (revisiting five conditions for improved intergroup relations). An appendix presents the Student Sociometric Survey Instrument. (Contains references.) (SM)
Teachers College Press, P.O. Box 20, Williston, VT 05495-0020 (hardbound: ISBN-0-8077-3990-1, $48; paperback: ISBN-0-8077-3989-8, $22.95). Tel: 800-575-6566 (Toll Free); Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Foreword by Sanford M. Dornbusch.