Against the Odds: How ''At-Risk'' Students Exceed Expectations / Edition 1

Against the Odds: How ''At-Risk'' Students Exceed Expectations / Edition 1

by Janine Bempechat
     
 

In the next millennium, the already booming numbers of poor and minority children in our nation-often labeled as children "at risk" are projected to dramatically increase. Historically, these youngsters have frequently experienced failure in school.

In Against the Odds, Harvard professor Janine Bempechat insists that history need not repeat itself. But

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Overview

In the next millennium, the already booming numbers of poor and minority children in our nation-often labeled as children "at risk" are projected to dramatically increase. Historically, these youngsters have frequently experienced failure in school.

In Against the Odds, Harvard professor Janine Bempechat insists that history need not repeat itself. But what can we do to ensure that today's poor and minority children perform well in school, reach their full intellectual potential, and, essentially, beat the odds. From an original position that isolates the factors that predict academic performance, Bempechat shatters the myths about success and failure among poor and minority students. With sound analysis and practical advice, Bempechat gives parents, educators 'and anyone interested in the well-being of children' hope and inspiration as they strive for academic excellence in all our children.

Focusing on the factors that contribute to academic success —rather than analyzing the conditions that lead to failure and underachievement. Bempechat's book is a unique contribution to the understanding of societal and cultural effects on learning. This vital resource draws on a six-year study that closely followed high-achieving poor and minority students in order to uncover the key behind their academic accomplishments. More than one thousand high-achieving fifth and sixth grade African American, Latino, Indochinese, and Caucasian students in both public and private schools were studied to discover the answers to the fundamental questions at the very heart of this important work: What goes on in homes where children are doing well in school when so many others falter? How do these homes differ from those where children are performing poorly? Against the Odds reveals that high-achieving children, no matter what their ethnic or cultural background, have similar perceptions about their parents' educational beliefs and practices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787943851
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/10/1998
Series:
Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Learning from Poor and Minority Students WhoSucceed.

2. Misguided Notions About Underachievement.

3. The Critical Roles of Parents.

4. Children's Understanding of Success and Failure.

5. Success in Mathematics.

6. Overall Success in School.

7. Lessons for Parents and Teachers.

8. "To Seek Mind Where it is Mindful".

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