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Craft, Eleanor; Howley, Aimee – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background/Context: Disproportionate placement of African American students into special education programs is likely to be a form of institutional racism, especially when such placement stigmatizes students. If placement also fails to lead to educational benefits, the practice becomes even more suspect. Some studies have explored disproportionate…
Descriptors: Student Experience, African American Students, Special Education, Disproportionate Representation
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Wang, Xueli – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background/Context: Although much research has dealt with the factors that influence educational expectations, few studies have addressed recent high school graduates who attend community colleges as their first postsecondary institutions. As the costs associated with attending a four-year institution keep rising, community colleges increasingly…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Expectation, Academic Aspiration, High School Seniors
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Francois, Chantal – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background/Context: The pressure to understand "what works" to advance adolescents' reading development has increased as the Common Core State Standards' call for youth to grapple with a range of complex texts. While we have learned more about promising reading programs and interventions for adolescent students in schools, few…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, School Culture, Urban Schools
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Stephan, Jennifer L. – Teachers College Record, 2013
Background: College attendance has become a crucial determinant of life chances in U.S. society. Besides college costs and academic preparation, college-related cultural and social capital may help explain socioeconomic differences in whether and where students attend college. While high school counselors are seen as potential agents of social…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Interviews, Coaching (Performance), Counseling Techniques
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Nasir, Na'ilah Suad; Jones, Amina; McLaughlin, Milbrey Wallin – Teachers College Record, 2011
Background/Context: In this article, we explore school connectedness for students in a high-poverty urban school. Current approaches to measuring connection conflate behavior and attitudinal measures of connection and rarely explore school connection in urban school settings. Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: We examine…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, African American Students, Urban Schools, High Schools
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Kirshner, Ben; Pozzoboni, Kristen M. – Teachers College Record, 2011
Background/Context: School closure is becoming an increasingly common policy response to underperforming urban schools. Districts typically justify closure decisions by pointing to schools' low performance on measures required by No Child Left Behind. Closures disproportionately fall on schools with high percentages of poor and working-class…
Descriptors: Action Research, School Closing, Urban Schools, Low Income Groups
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Carter, Prudence L. – Teachers College Record, 2010
Background/Context: One of the most critical functions of a well-integrated school is the development of "culturally flexible" students who, over the course of their social development, effectively navigate diverse social environs such as the workplace, communities, and neighborhoods. Most studies, albeit with some exceptions, have…
Descriptors: Race, School Desegregation, Program Effectiveness, Intergroup Relations