Against the Odds: How At-Risk Students Exceed Expectations
Against the Odds: How At-Risk Students Exceed Expectations  -     By: Janine Bempechat
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From an original position that isolates the factors which predict academic performance, Harvard professor Janine Bempechat shatters the myths about success and failure among poor and minority students. With sound analysis and practical advice, Bempechat gives parents, educators and anyone interested in the well-being of children hope and inspiration as they strive for academic excellence in children.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Wiley
Publication Date: 1998
ISBN: 0787943851
ISBN-13: 9780787943851

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Bempechat's well-written book takes a fresh look at vital questions about the academic achievement of minority children. Her examination of academically successful children within several different ?at-risk' ethnic groups yields unconventional and original insights about how children are socialized for schooling. A valuable contribution to the literature on achievement and motivation in multiethnic nations!
?Herbert P. Ginsburg, Jacob H. Schiff Foundation professor of psychology and education, Teachers College, Columbia University
From an original position that isolates the factors which predict academic performance, Harvard professor Janine Bempechat shatters the myths about success and failure among poor and minority students. With sound analysis and practical advice, Bempechat gives parents, educators?and anyone interested in the well-being of children?hope and inspiration as they strive for academic excellence in children.
Focusing on the factors that contribute to academic success?rather than analyzing the conditions that lead to failure and underachievement?Bempechat's book is a unique contribution to the understanding of societal and cultural effects on learning. Against the Odds reveals that high-achieving children, no matter what their ethnic or cultural background, have similar perceptions about their parents' educational beliefs and practices. And, surprisingly, Bempechat's research counters the commonly held view that academic success is tied primarily to an individual's belief in effort.
Written for teachers, psychologists, counselors, mentors?anyone interested in the welfare of children?Against the Odds is a guide to help create policy and curricula that will foster excellence and enable children?rich, middle-class, poor, minority, nonminority?to achieve their full potential.

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"In Against the Odds, Janine Bempechat shines a spotlight on the ways in which parents affect their children's motivation to achieve in school. But, unlike previous work that disparages parents of low-achieving students?particularly those from low-income or ethnic minority backgrounds?Bempechat focuses on families whose children are succeeding, often despite poverty, racism, and inadequate schools. Written in an engaging, accessible style, Against the Odds is a valuable resource for all teachers, parents, and scholars interested in how families can promote children's achievement in school." --Susan D. Holloway, adjunct professor of education, Department of Education, University of California, Berkeley
"Bempechat's well-written book takes a fresh look at vital questions about the academic achievement of minority children. Her examination of academically successful children within several different ?at-risk' ethnic groups yields unconventional and original insights about how children are socialized for schooling. A valuable contribution to the literature on achievement and motivation in multiethnic nations!" --Herbert P. Ginsburg, Jacob H. Schiff Foundation professor of psychology and education, Teachers College, Columbia University
"Against the Odds is a wise and practical blAnd of research and experience written to be understood by teachers and parents. Janine Bempechat has written a book we all need to read, one that will stretch us in nurturing the development of ?at risk' children." --Sister Ann Dominic Roach, superintAndent of schools, Archdiocese of Boston

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