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    The Concept of Equality of Educational Opportunity

    James Coleman
    Although there is wide agreement in the United States that our society accepts and supports the fundamental value of equal opportunity, when it comes to areas of specific application there is considerable disagreement over its meaning. In this article, the author traces the evolutionary shifts in interpretation of the concept of equality of educational opportunity, not only putting into perspective the different views which form the basis for disagreement today but also indicating how the current direction of change may influence the interpretation of this concept in the future.

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    Spring 1968 Issue

    Abstracts

    Preface
    Harold Howe II
    The Concept of Equality of Educational Opportunity
    James Coleman
    Sources of Resistance to the Coleman Report
    Daniel P. Moynihan
    Research Issues
    School Factors and Equal Educational Opportunity
    Henry S. Dyer
    Academic Motivation and Equal Educational Opportunity
    Irwin Katz
    Race and Equal Educational Opportunity
    Thomas F. Pettigrew
    Social Class and Equal Educational Opportunity
    Alan B. Wilson
    Policy Issues
    Towards Equality of Educational Opportunity?
    Samuel Bowles
    Alternative Public School Systems
    Kenneth B. Clark
    Policy for the Public Schools
    Compensation and Integration
    David K. Cohen
    Discussion
    Implementing Equal Educational Opportunity
    Report Analysis
    Theodore R. Sizer
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