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Great Equalizers or Conduits of Neighborhood Social Disorganization? A Counterfactual Analysis of Year-Round and Traditional-Year Schooling.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Taliaferro : 1126
Event Type(s): Special Event

AASD Brown Bag with Dr. Odis Johnson Jr.

The social function of schooling in the U.S. is an unsettled issue. Persistent racial, SES and residential disparities in test-scores suggest schools fall short in serving as society's great equalizers. Despite seemingly intractable educational differences, research has produced evidence that schools function to reduce racial gaps in test-scores. However, these studies rarely consider the qualities of children's neighborhoods as contributors to educational stratification, or use counterfactual modeling to strengthen causal inferences. Conversely, Dr. Odis Johnson's study concludes that schools may be greater equalizers according to race than previously thought, but simultaneously serve as conduits of neighborhood social disorganization's relatively large stratifying effects.


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