Family Life and School Achievement

Author: Reginald M. Clark
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022622144X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Working mothers, broken homes, poverty, racial or ethnic background, poorly educated parents—these are the usual reasons given for the academic problems of poor urban children. Reginald M. Clark contends, however, that such structural characteristics of families neither predict nor explain the wide variation in academic achievement among children. He emphasizes instead the total family life, stating that the most important indicators of academic potential are embedded in family culture. To support his contentions, Clark offers ten intimate portraits of Black families in Chicago. Visiting the homes of poor one- and two-parent families of high and low achievers, Clark made detailed observations on the quality of home life, noting how family habits and interactions affect school success and what characteristics of family life provide children with "school survival skills," a complex of behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge that are the essential elements in academic success. Clark's conclusions lead to exciting implications for educational policy. If school achievement is not dependent on family structure or income, parents can learn to inculcate school survival skills in their children. Clark offers specific suggestions and strategies for use by teachers, parents, school administrators, and social service policy makers, but his work will also find an audience in urban anthropology, family studies, and Black studies.

Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education

Author: James A. Banks
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412981522
Format: PDF, Kindle
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With 695 signed entries with cross-references and recommended readings, the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, Four-Volume Set, in both print and electronic formats, presents research and statistics, case studies and best practices, policies and programs at pre- and post-secondary levels.

What African American Parents Want Educators to Know

Author: Gail L. Thompson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780897898935
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A study of African American parents/guardians raising school-age children and their views on the value of education and the American public school system.

Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services

Author: Jeane W. Anastas
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231529287
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services integrates a range of research techniques into a single epistemological framework and presents a balanced approach to the teaching of research methods in the "helping professions." Jeane W.

Adolescents and Their Families

Author: Richard M. Lerner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131784274X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.