Educational Resilience in Inner-City America: Challenges and Prospects / Edition 1

Educational Resilience in Inner-City America: Challenges and Prospects / Edition 1

by Margaret C Wang
     
 

The story of life in inner-city America and the education of its people is often recounted as a tragedy; the ending is often predictable and usually dire, highlighting deficiency, failure, and negative trends. As with most social problems, children and youth in the inner cities are hit hardest. But this dismal view is only half of the full picture. The cities of

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The story of life in inner-city America and the education of its people is often recounted as a tragedy; the ending is often predictable and usually dire, highlighting deficiency, failure, and negative trends. As with most social problems, children and youth in the inner cities are hit hardest. But this dismal view is only half of the full picture. The cities of our nation are a startling juxtaposition between the despairing and the hopeful, between disorganization and restorative potential. Alongside the poverty and unemployment, the street-fights and drug deals, are a wealth of cultural, economic, educational, and social resources. Often ignored are the resilience and the ability for adaptation which help many who are seemingly confined by circumstance to struggle and succeed "in the face of the odds."

This book helps to broaden the utilization of ways to magnify the circumstances known to enhance development and education, so that the burden of adversity is reduced and opportunities are advanced for all children and youth — especially the children and youth of the inner cities who are in at-risk circumstances. The focus is on:

• raising consciousness about the opportunities available to foster resilience among children, families, and communities, and

• synthesizing the knowledge base that is central to implementing improvements which serve to better the circumstances and educational opportunities of children and families.

This volume is intended for a wide audience of readers, but particularly those who are in a position to shape public policy and deliver educational and human services.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805813258
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Resilience in Individual Development: Successful Adaptation Despite Risk and Adversity3
2Variations in the Experience of Resilience27
3Educational Resilience in Inner Cities45
4Understanding Resilient Students: The Use of National Longitudinal Databases73
5The Americanization of Resilience: Deconstructing Research Practice85
6On Resilience: Questions of Validity97
7Resilience as a Dispositional Quality: Some Methodological Points109
8Risk and Resilience: Contextual Influences on the Development of African-American Adolescents119
9Special Education as a Resilience-Related Venture131
10Effectiveness and Efficiency in Inner-City Public Schools: Charting School Resilience141
11Understanding Resilience: Implications for Inner-City Schools and Their Near and Far Communities151
12Contextualizing Resiliency167
13Organizing for Responsiveness: The Heterogeneous School Community179
Epilogue: Educational Resilience - Challenges and Prospects191
Author Index195
Subject Index203

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