Portraits, Policies, Programs, and Practices
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This book explores the circumstances of at-risk students and argues that well-intentioned policymakers and educators run the risk of making matters worse rather than better for these students, even if their actions are based on the best social science evidence available. The book demonstrates the diverse, idiosyncratic nature of these students, argues that traditional social science methods cannot capture this idiosyncrasy and diversity, and presents research methods, policies, and programs that can accommodate student diversity.
Robert Donmoyer is Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University. Raylene Kos is Supervisor of the Language Arts Programs for the Westerville, Ohio City School District.
"Without coming to grips with the at-risk student problem, school reorganization, new subject matter, instructional methods, and other forms of curriculum reform are all hollow. As one reads the material in this book, it becomes very clear that larger societal issues are at stake, and need to be solved. Oh, that the "Education President" would/could read this kind of material as a basis of making national policy. " — Nelson L. Haggerson, Arizona State University
"The case studies of individuals and programs in this book are essential reading for every teacher educator and teacher education student in this country to read over and over again. Every chapter describing the experiences of at-risk students and/or the nature and effect of programs and practices designed to help at-risk students is excellent. " — Dorene Ross, University of Florida