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ERIC Number: ED529872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 216
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5319-X
Streetsmart Schoolsmart: Urban Poverty and the Education of Adolescent Boys. Multicultural Education Series
Conchas, Gilberto Q.; Vigil, James Diego
Teachers College Press
In "Streetsmart Schoolsmart", two respected scholars present original research on youth gangs and school success to explain why some boys become disengaged and join gangs while others do not. Chapters vividly describe how urban boys from different ethnic backgrounds (Asian, African American, and Latino) approach schooling and identify the sociocultural factors that affect their choices. The authors concentrate on three areas: (1) the role of marginalized communities in the formation of urban gang youth, (2) the role of community-based organizations in reengaging urban youth, and (3) the role of schools in creating opportunities for urban boys to succeed despite disparities in their economic and social circumstances. "Streetsmart Schoolsmart" points the way toward important changes that can break the cycle of poverty in American neighborhoods and society. It is essential reading for educators and all professionals working with urban youth, and anyone concerned with the success of young boys.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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