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ERIC Number: EJ782502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Celebrating Diversity and Denying Disparities: A Critical Assessment
Lubienski, Sarah Theule
Educational Researcher, v32 n8 p30-38 Nov 2003
In the past, researchers concerned with educational achievement gaps sought to identify underlying causes of those gaps by examining deficiencies of students' home backgrounds. In reaction against this "blame the victim" approach, scholars have moved toward focusing on positive aspects of diversity. This article raises critical questions about the tradeoffs of framing all diversity as positive. The author contends that such framings divert attention from socioeconomic diversity and obscure larger, structural inequities. Moreover, by avoiding the difficult issues that many marginalized parents, students, and their teachers face daily, educational research risks becoming less useful and credible. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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