Guest Editor : Margot I. Jackson and Susan L. Moffitt
In the 50 years since the Equality of Educational Opportunity survey (EEOS) first appeared in print, tens of thousands of articles and studies have taken up the questions that Coleman raised, the methods that he used, and the conclusions that he reached. The provision of public education remains bedrock to domestic and international social and economic policy. Much political debate and scholarship focuses on how to reduce the gaps in achievement that appear along socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic lines by improving schools: how to improve teacher quality, how to improve the distribution of financial resources, and how to introduce rigorous curricula.
The anniversary of the Coleman Report affords an opportunity to invite different research traditions to engage with each other, to deepen understanding of some of the issues that the EEOS opened up, and to build on Coleman’s insights and findings. To reflect on the influence that the EEOS and its ideas have had across disciplines, this special issue brings together scholarship from sociologists, political scientists, psychologists, education economists, legal scholars, and other education scholars.
The State of Unequal Educational Opportunity: Introduction to the Special Issue on the Coleman Report 50 Years Later
Margot I. Jackson, Susan L. Moffitt
First Published October 25, 2017
From The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science