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Adolescents at School: Perspectives on Youth, Identity, and Education


reviewed by Christopher C. Weiss — 2004

coverTitle: Adolescents at School: Perspectives on Youth, Identity, and Education
Author(s): Michael Sadowski (editor)
Publisher: Harvard Education Publishing Group, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792113 , Pages: 200, Year: 2003
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The majority of education reforms over the past decade have sought to improve children’s and adolescents’ performance in school by increasing the level and quality of students’ work and improving the way in which instruction is delivered. Reforms such as the development and implementation of curricular standards and the expansion of standardized testing are intended to help students learn and achieve more by attaching strong negative sanctions to failing to do so. By focusing on the implementation of standards and the consequences of achievement, this recent wave of educational reforms has either downplayed or lost sight of important ideas about the non-academic side of students’ lives in school – and how these non-academic factors also influence students’ academic performance. Overlooked are findings of previous research showing how students’ connections to aspects of their school (e.g., teachers, curriculum, friends) are important predictors of academic outcomes such as the odds of completing high school.  For many adolescents, school is important largely because it is the principal site of social interaction... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 386-389
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11170, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 10:10:22 AM

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