Thrupp (sociology of education and education policy, U. of Waikato, New Zealand) presents new evidence that advantaged student intake is an important factor, perhaps overshadowing any action by teachers and school leaders, in whether or not a school is effective. He argues that low socioeconomic schools face numerous intake-related constraints that make them highly resistant to improvement efforts. By showing that failing schools are overwhelmed rather than poorly run, he provides a sympathetic reappraisal of the performance of teachers and leaders, and a case for being realistic about how much school reform can accomplish in an unreformed society. Distributed in the US by Taylor and Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Dr Martin Thrupp lectures in the sociology of education and education policy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. His previous research and writing has been in the areas of social class and education, school markets and school accountability. He is joint editor of the New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies.
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Book Description Open Univ Pr, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0335202136