Against the Odds: How At-Risk Students Exceed Expectations


reviewed by Nettie E. Legters - 2001

coverTitle: Against the Odds: How At-Risk Students Exceed Expectations
Author(s): Janine Bempechat
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: , Pages: 224, Year: 1998
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Minority achievement is one area of education in the U.S. where the bad news continues to outweigh the good. In a recent report, the National Task Force on Minority High Achievement cites gains for minority students in high school graduation rates, but on nearly every other achievement and attainment indicator, African American, Latino, and Native American students continue to lag behind their Caucasian and Asian peers (The College Board, 1999). The most obvious explanations for these gaps are found in persistent inequalities in income and school resources. Variations in material circumstances are only part of a complex story, however, as Janine Bempechat demonstrates in her courageous book, Against the Odds: How "At-Risk" Students Exceed Expectations. Bempechat explores cultural practices and psychological attributes that contribute to educational success among children of all ethnic groups and income levels. This is tricky terrain for any researcher, since the patronizing tones and veiled racism of cultural deficit theories can still haunt studies of such factors. Like others who have asserted a constructivist... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 121-123
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10497, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 12:19:25 PM

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