RE: [xmca] Fwd: Thesis help

From: Helena Worthen (
Date: Sun Mar 12 2006 - 11:18:31 PST

It would be wonderful to find out about a study that actually analyzes the
positive educational impacts of integrating children. What would you analyze
-- test scores? That's part of the problem.

Kozol's stuff is great (how can you write about this without writing as an
advocate?) The de-tracking stuff is good. Mike Rose's Lives on the Boundary
might make the list. There's a new book, Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging
racism in organizations, Lopes and Thomas, from Between-the-Lines in
Toronto. But the emphasis in most research is on the benefits of integrated
educational opportunities AFTER difference has been created.

Bill, I would very much like to hear how you develop your dissertation. This
would be a wonderful contribution. How are you going to frame your question?

Helena Worthen
Chicago Labor Education Program
University of Illinois

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Mark Smith
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 12:41 PM
To: 'eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity'
Subject: FW: [xmca] Fwd: Thesis help

Dear Bill--

While this is more public advocacy than research, you may want to look at
Jonathan Kozol's new book "The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of
Apartheid Schooling in America"
/103-2796155-3043810?s=books&v=glance&n=283155. He's recently spoken
tirelessly about the need to desegregate public schooling in the U.S.,
particularly to teachers.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Mike Cole
Sent: 11 March 2006 13:27
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [xmca] Fwd: Thesis help

This query seems to speak to the issue of social class and preparation for
later life. I do not know of any specific research on the issue. Can anyone
help and cc xmca ??

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mike Cole <>
Date: Mar 11, 2006 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: Thesis help
To: Bill Batts <>

I do not know of such research unless the de-tracking studies fit the bill.
Let me forward this query to XMCA our discussion list.

On 3/11/06, Bill Batts <> wrote:
> Dr. Cole,
> I am a graduate student at East Carolina University and I am beginning
> to formulate my thesis project. I am interested in the positive aspects
> of integrating children that are typically segregated into homogeneous
> socio-economic preschool environments, such as Head Start, into
> socio-economic heterogeneous preschool environments.
> I am have trouble finding specific research about this subject, and I
> was wondering if you had any suggestions or comments? Any help or
> direction would be greatly appreciated!
> Thank you,
> Bill Batts
> Graduate Student, CDFR-East Carolina University
> PO Box 185
> Goldsboro, NC 27533
> 919-922-2280
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