Dismantling Educational Inequality

A Cultural-Historical Approach to Closing the Achievement Gap

by Pedro R. Portes (Author)
©2005 Textbook XVIII, 308 Pages


This long-awaited, solution-oriented book helps readers understand how inequality is organized in our public educational system. A four-component developmental model provides a policy-oriented framework that takes into account how children are socialized in and out of schools. Given an educational system that produces unequal opportunities for student learning, closing the gap requires thinking out of a box and the current conglomeration of social and economic policies. A multi-level strategy that aims for all to be educated at grade-level through a coordinated national strategy is presented to eliminate educational inequality. This is a «must read», controversial book that offers educators and policy-makers a fundamental understanding of how the achievement gap can be eliminated at the population level.


XVIII, 308
ISBN (Softcover)
USA Chancengleichheit Bildungswesen Educational Reform Policy Ethnicity Inequality School Achievement
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XVIII, 308 pp., 11 fig., 11 tables

Biographical notes

Pedro R. Portes (Author)

The Author: Pedro R. Portes is an educational psychologist, a Fulbright scholar and a certified counselor, as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Winner of the prestigious AERA 2005 Research Award in Human Development, he is the author of Making Kids Smarter (1998) and has published scores of research articles on human development, learning, home environment, and intellectual growth. His interests center on linking primary prevention practices to human development within a cultural-context perspective, improving teacher and counselor education, and educational policy.


Title: Dismantling Educational Inequality