Critical Issues in American Education

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The Journey Before Us

First-Generation Pathways from Middle School to College

Rutgers University Press

Why is college completion so closely linked to social class? In The Journey Before Us, Laura Nichols looks at the experiences of aspiring first-generation college students from middle-school to young adulthood and shows what must change in order to improve college pathways and graduate more students.

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Divergent Paths to College

Race, Class, and Inequality in High Schools

Rutgers University Press

Megan M. Holland examines how high schools structure different pathways that lead to very different college destinations based on race and class. She finds that racial and class inequalities are reproduced through unequal access to key sources of information, even among students in the same school and even in schools with well-established college-going cultures. 

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Learning to Be Latino

How Colleges Shape Identity Politics

Rutgers University Press

In Learning to be Latino, Reyes paints a vivid picture of Latino student life, outlining students’ interactions with one another, with non-Latino peers, and with faculty, administrators, and the outside community. Reyes identifies the normative institutional arrangements that shape the social relationships relevant to Latino students’ lives on these campuses. 

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Lesson Plans

The Institutional Demands of Becoming a Teacher

Rutgers University Press

Judson G. Everitt takes readers into the everyday worlds of teacher training. Using rich qualitative data, he analyzes how people make sense of their prospective jobs as teachers, and how their introduction to this profession is shaped by the institutionalized rules and practices of higher education, K-12 education, and gender.  

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