[Education Sciences] Special Issue "Shrinking Opportunity and Achievement Gaps"

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Call for Papers
August 31, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Childhood and Education, Educational Technology, History Education, Social Sciences

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, “Shrinking Opportunity and Achievement Gaps”, addresses the unhappy reality that educational proficiency and attainment can be predicted on the basis of factors that should be superfluous, such as race, ethnicity, social class and dominant language. The resulting gaps in achievement associated with these factors appear to be driven, in large part, by opportunity gaps that exist in the general society outside of school (e.g., income inequality, unemployment, absence of health services and insurance, absence of pre-natal care). Schools, however, strive to fashion instructional and organizational interventions capable of mediating the effects of these opportunity gaps, as well as correct factors in school culture, curriculum, and instruction contributing to gaps in both opportunity and achievement.

We welcome for inclusion in this Special Issue articles that: (1) provide a theoretical basis for narrowing gaps, (2) present studies (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed) that demonstrate effective gap shrinking interventions, and/or (3) describe practices that narrowed gaps successfully.

Dr. Robert G. Smith
Dr. Regina Biggs
Dr. S. David Brazer
Guest Editors

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Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Education Sciences is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 300 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

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