Affirmative development: cultivating academic ability

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Rowman & Littlefield Pub., Inc., 2007 - Education - 298 pages
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According to Edmund W. Gordon and Beatrice L. Bridglall, the ability to learn is more of a developed human capacity than a fixed aptitude with which one is born. They argue that the emergence of academic ability is associated with exposure to specialized cultures that privilege the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that schools reward. Children who are born and raised in these cultures tend to do well in school, while those who are not exposed to such cultures tend to seldom rise to high levels of academic achievement. Through a collection of interesting essays, Affirmative Development: Cultivating Academic Ability attempts to address how we can deliberately develop academic ability in those children who are not raised under conditions that predispose them to develop high levels of scholastic achievement. Book jacket.

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Contents

Toward the Development of Intellective Character
17
Intelligence as a Socialized Phenomenon
49
Affirmative Development as an Alternative to Affirmative Action
73
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