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Adolescent Lives in Transition
How Social Class Influences the Adjustment to Middle School
Adolescent Lives in Transition
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Donna Marie San Antonio - Author
Price: $81.50 
Hardcover - 344 pages
Release Date: May 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6035-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6035-1

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Paperback - 344 pages
Release Date: May 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6036-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6036-8

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Research on the impact of social class variables on experiences of adolescents as they transition to middle school.

Addressing the issues of educational equity and social class diversity, Donna Marie San Antonio documents the challenges adolescents face when making the transition from elementary school to middle school. The book explores the values, resources, and ways of interacting that students from diverse economic backgrounds bring from their families and communities, and how they are enabled or discouraged from integrating these assets in their new school environment.

“…offers important, meaningful insights for policy, practice, and research in the fields of adolescent development, rural education, and diversity. San Antonio deftly explores the local and universal … with a respectful, yet critical eye.” — Teachers College Record

“San Antoniooffers a wealth of astute ideas about social class relations and schooling.” — American Journal of Sociology

"Donna Marie San Antonio offers a rich and penetrating inquiry into the powerful and complex forces of social class that shape the journeys of students in two rural communities. Elegantly and evocatively written, the voices of students are captured with sensitivity, authenticity, and grace. Methodologically innovative and rigorous, San Antonio deftly balances the perspectives of fierce advocacy and skeptical empiricism, of probing investigation and empathic attentiveness; producing a volume that will be informative, inspiring, and useful to researchers, practitioners, and community activists." — Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University and author of Respect: An Exploration and The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other

"Donna Marie San Antonio has done an excellent job of making the most of her data. She does not fall into the trap of oversimplification, nor lose the reader in a fog of analytic complexity. A compassionate and intelligent analysis." — James Garbarino, Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College and author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them

"Donna Marie San Antonio has eloquently captured both the agony and the ecstasy early adolescents who live in rural communities experience as they travel from their local elementary schools to the larger regional middle school. She charts with care and compassion what happens when children from different communities and social classes meet, often for the first time, and the results are not what we might expect!" — Robert L. Selman, Roy E. Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development at Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of The Promotion of Social Awareness: Powerful Lessons from the Partnership of Developmental Theory and Classroom Practice

Donna Marie San Antonio is Lecturer on Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and the founder and co-director of the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

List of People

Introduction: Social Class and Adjustment to School in Rural Places

1. A Methodology for Research with Young Students

Part I—The Towns

Introduction
2. Hillside—On the Way to Somewhere Else
3. Lakeview—Journey's End
Conclusion

Part II—The School and its Teachers and Students

Introduction
4. Mountainview Middle School
5. Sixth Grade Hopes, Seventh Grade Discoveries
6. A Transition for Parents and Teachers
7. Classrooms, Teams, and Teaching Styles
8. How Students Shape Less-Structured Environments
Conclusion

Part III—The Emotional, Participatory, and Academic Realms of Students' Lives

Introduction
9. Peer, Home, and School Self-Esteem
10. Extracurricular Participation
11. Ability Grouping
12. Success and Struggle in the Transition to Middle School
13. Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice

Appendix 1. Comparisons of Educational and Economic Factors
Appendix 2. Rubric for Defining Socioeconomic Status Categories
Appendix 3. Recommendations of the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development
Appendix 4. Student Questionnaire
Appendix 5. Table of Self-Esteem Means
Appendix 6. Student Participation Survey
Appendix 7. Town and Gender Comparisons of California Achievement Test Scores

Notes

References

Index



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