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Sociological Foundations Supporting the Study of Cultural Diversity

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Author:Hugh Mehan, Univ. of California at San Diego
Description: In order to understand the barriers to educational equality faced by low-income cultural and linguistic minority youth, we need to understand the ways in which social class and ethnicity interact with language and culture. This paper examines various aspects of the relationship between students' cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic background and their unequal access to educational opportunities, including school sorting practices, where students from low-income and linguistic minority backgrounds are often placed in low-ability groups and slow (general or vocational education) academic tracks, where they do not receive the same quantity or quality of instruction as students in high-ability groups or college bound tracks.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Ed Topics: Tracking/Ability Grouping, Minorities

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