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ERIC Number: EJ1092974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
The Life and Times of James S. Coleman: Hero and Villain of School Policy Research
Kilgore, Sally B.
Education Next, v16 n2 p8-16 Spr 2016
In the social sciences, public access to data is now the norm at a variety of federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation. This openness dramatically expanded the quality of research that social scientists can pursue, and it discourages unscrupulous practices such as inventing or manipulating data. It also means, essentially, that anyone can engage in debate, and anyone can launch a study--including the young scholars who often rely on public data to get their start. James Coleman is to thank for that. Given his early educational experiences, it is astonishing that James Samuel Coleman became one of the most eminent sociologists of the 20th century and the author of some of its most influential education studies. This article presents the life and times of James Coleman. [This article is part of a new "Education Next" series commemorating the 50th anniversary of James S. Coleman's groundbreaking report, "Equality of Educational Opportunity." The full series will appear in the Spring 2016 issue of "Education Next."]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois