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Unequal Childhoods (Lareau)

Posted By: Paul Englesbergq on February 18, 2004
 
We need to be careful about how we think about these family differences as related to school achievemnt and learning. A recent study that looks in some detail at the differences in family discourses, orientation, and resources is Annette Lareau's "Unequal Childhoods." Lareua and her research assistants spent many hours in the homes of families of 3rd graders. She found the biggest difference to be between lower SES and middle/upper SES families rather than along ethnic lines. She describes the differences in orientation toward children as "concerted cultivation" of affluent families and "natural growth" in the poor and working class families.

Paul Englesberg
Western Washington University
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