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Professional Identity Crisis: Race, Class, Gender, and Success at Professional Schools


reviewed by Pamela A. Sandoval June 23, 2006

coverTitle: Professional Identity Crisis: Race, Class, Gender, and Success at Professional Schools
Author(s): Carrie Yang Costello
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville
ISBN: 0826515053, Pages: 264, Year: 2005
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Carrie Yang Costello’s Professional Identity Crisis: Race, Class, Gender, and Success at Professional Schools is an effectively conducted study of how inequity is perpetuated in professional school programs. Costello reveals the process by which inequity is reproduced and presents a method for observing inequity-in-the-making. To begin her analysis, she provides two contradictory beliefs about inequity that are prevalent in today’s society: • At the individual level, that stratification is a merit-based result of differing intellectual capacities of professional students • At the social level, that the unequal distribution of rewards results from the conspiracy of biased professionals to discriminate against certain types of students Costello suggests that these ideas are overly simplistic and do not expose the underlying mechanisms that actually produce the inequity they aim to describe.  Instead, she proposes a process that explains the notions of the individual and the social level in relation to one another by demonstrating how environment affects students... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 23, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12547, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 11:28:18 AM

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  • Pamela Sandoval
    State University of New York System Administration
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    PAMELA A. SANDOVAL, Ph.D. is Assistant Provost for P-16 at the State University of New York System Administration. Recent publications include "A Feminist Perspective on Assessment" in Radical Pedagogy (2005) with S. G. Akyea, and "Inequity as a Source of the Cultural Gap in an Urban School/University Collaborative" in Urban Review (2001). She is currently working on a chapter that will be included in Susan Klein's "Gender Equity Handbook," (2nd Ed.) and "Building a Unit Assessment System: Creating Quality Evalution of Candidate Performance" that will be published in Education.
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