Education in the Best Interests of the Child: A Children's Rights Perspective on Closing the Achievement Gap

Education in the Best Interests of the Child: A Children's Rights Perspective on Closing the Achievement Gap

by R. Brian Howe, Katherine Covell

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Overview

A large body of research in disciplines from sociology and policy studies to neuroscience and educational psychology has confirmed that socioeconomic status remains the most powerful influence on children’s educational outcomes. Socially disadvantaged children around the world disproportionately suffer from lower levels of educational achievement, which in turn leads to unfavourable long-term outcomes in employment and health. Education in the Best Interests of the Child addresses this persistent problem, which violates not only the principle of equal educational opportunity, but also the broader principle of the best interests of the child as called for in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Building on the children’s rights work accomplished in their previous book, Empowering Children, Brian Howe and Katherine Covell identify three types of reform that can significantly close the educational achievement gap. Their findings make an important argument for stronger and more comprehensive action to equalize educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442666115
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 02/07/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

R. Brian Howe is a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Children’s Rights Centre at Cape Breton University.

Katherine Covell is a professor in the Department of Psychology and executive director of the Children’s Rights Centre at Cape Breton University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations

1. In Search of the Best Interests of the Child

2. The Principle of the Best Interests of the Child

3. Challenges for Best Interests in Education

4. Implementing Early Childhood Education

5. Improving School Practices

6. Transforming School Cultures

7. Moving Forward

References

Notes

Index

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