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Minority and mainstream children's development and academic achievement; an alternative research and educational view.


Minority and mainstream children's development and academic achievement; an alternative research and educational view.

Ed. by Virginia Gonzalez.

Univ. Press of America


328 pages




Schools never served just one ethnic group in the US. Waves of immigrants came through for hundreds of years, but the system was designed to assimilate as much as to teach, and the result was a fantasy--a national school system in which everyone was supposed to be white and no one's name ended in a vowel. Many in the US education system have caught up with the reality of an ethnically and linguistically diverse student population, yet the urge to assimilate rather than teach still lingers. This collection of essays gives an alternative framework so teaching students, teachers and administrators can take both diversity and development into account. Topics cover the socioeconomic factors affecting minority and mainstream students' development as well as alternate research approaches to such issues as classroom behaviors, family structures and perceptions of school, assessment methods, academic resilience, and gifted children.

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Date:Nov 1, 2007
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