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Inequality: A Reassessment of the Effect of Family and Schooling in America


reviewed by Harvey Averch 1973

coverTitle: Inequality: A Reassessment of the Effect of Family and Schooling in America
Author(s): Christopher Jencks, Marshall Smith, Henry Acland, Mary Jo Bane
Publisher: Basic Books, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 399, Year: 1972
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Inequality has been widely reviewed. From both the technical and policy perspectives, it has received extensive coverage. Yet very little to date has been written on this controversial study from the perspective of the applied research funder or the decision-maker who has scarce resources to buy policy research. This review, therefore, will address the cost-effectiveness of Inequality. According to the preface, its eight authors devoted three years to producing Inequality. The Carnegie Corporation sponsored some of the work through institutional grants to the Harvard Center for Educational Policy Research. Grants and contracts to the Center from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Office of Economic Opportunity; Urban Institute; and Massachusetts State Department of Education also helped support the work. The authors do not tell us the "total systems cost" of Inequality. A reasonable estimate would be $500,000.' Stated bluntly, we need to ask whether the policy information and analysis in Inequality is commensurate with the research investment. To answer this question, we need the answers to a series... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 75 Number 2, 1973, p. 259-264
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1501, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 2:34:50 AM

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  • Harvey Averch
    National Science Foundation
    Harvey Averch is division director, Social Systems and Human Resources/ Research Applications, National Science Foundation. The views expressed in this paper are the author's own and do not represent an official opinion of the National Science Foundation.
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