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Summer Learning: Research, Policies, and Programs

reviewed by Joel Weiss & Robert S. Brown - 2005

coverTitle: Summer Learning: Research, Policies, and Programs
Author(s): Geoffrey D. Borman and Mathew Boulay
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805842233, Pages: 295, Year: 2004
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The publication of Summer Learning represents a timely opportunity to consider issues surrounding the school calendar. Issues about summer school and its relationship to student achievement were the basis of a conference in July 2000 that was the precursor to this book, edited by Geoffrey Borman and Mathew Boulay. Borman and Boulay have brought together researchers and policymakers who have interesting thoughts around two issues outlined by Heyns (1978): (a) there is an achievement gap for students as a result of the summer holiday; and (b) the gap tends to be greater among the “have-nots” than among the “haves.” A quarter century later, these issues are still alive and well clarified in this book. Since the beginnings of the movement toward compulsory schooling in North America, variations in a metric of time have been important in assessing accountability of schools and school systems. From the mid-19th to early 20th centuries, the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1429-1434
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11737, Date Accessed: 7/30/2021 7:19:14 AM

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  • Joel Weiss
    University of Toronto
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    Senior Fellow, Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI)
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    Toronto District School Board
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