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Keeping Track: Structuring Equality and Inequality in an Era of Accountability


by Jeannie Oakes — 2008

The five papers in this volume represent a new generation of tracking research. In this commentary, Oakes reflects on their contributions in light of the twenty years of research and reform since the publication of the first edition of her landmark book, Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 3, 2008, p. 700-712
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14610, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 12:26:28 PM

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  • Jeannie Oakes
    UCLA's Institute for Democracy Education & Access (IDEA) UC All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (ACCORD)
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    JEANNIE OAKES is Presidential Professor in Educational Equity and Director of the University of California’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (ACCORD) and Co-Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education & Access (IDEA). Oakes teaches in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Ph.D. program in Urban Schooling Division and in UCLA’s Center X Teacher Education Program. Oakes’ research focuses on schooling inequalities and follows the progress of educators and activists seeking socially just schools. She is the author of 17 scholarly books and monographs and more than 100 published research reports, chapters, and articles. An updated edition of her landmark book, Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality was published in 2005 by Yale University Press. Oakes newest book (with UCLA colleague John Rogers), Learning Power: Organizing for Education and Justice (Teachers College Press), released in April 2006, reports on students, parents, teachers, and grassroots groups struggling for more socially just schools. Oakes' awards include three major awards from the American Educational Research Association (Early Career Award; Outstanding Research Article; and the 2001 Outstanding Book Award for Becoming Good American Schools: The Struggle for Civic Virtue in Education Reform) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Education Research Association. She is also the recipient of the National Association for Multicultural Education's Multicultural Research Award, the Jose Vasconcellos World Award in Education, and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America. She is a member of the National Academy of Education.
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