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ERIC Number: EJ1080771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
The Micropolitics of Educational Inequality: The Case of Teacher-Student Assignments
Grissom, Jason A.; Kalogrides, Demetra; Loeb, Susanna
Peabody Journal of Education, v90 n5 p601-614 2015
Politics of education researchers have long recognized the role of micropolitics in school decision-making processes. We argue that investigating micropolitical dynamics is key to an important set of school decisions that are fundamental to inequities in access to high-quality teachers: assignments of teachers and students to classrooms. Focusing on the intraorganizational political power of experienced teachers, our analysis of survey and administrative data from a large urban district suggests that more experienced teachers have more influence over which students are assigned to their classrooms. By a variety of measures, we also find that more experienced teachers are assigned fewer disadvantaged students, on average, a pattern inconsistent with goals of ameliorating educational inequality by matching more qualified teachers with the students who need them most.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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