An Educational War on Poverty: American and British Policy-making 1960-1980 by Harold SilverAn Educational War on Poverty: American and British Policy-making 1960-1980 by Harold Silver

An Educational War on Poverty: American and British Policy-making 1960-1980

byHarold Silver, Pamela Silver

Paperback | April 20, 2006

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Education was a critical focus of the "war on poverty" declared by President Johnson in 1964. U.S. policy built on research, and experiments being conducted in the early 1960s produced major programs such as the preschool Head Start and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 1965. In this major transatlantic study two senior educationalists examine both these developments and similar processes in Britain--notably the Plowden report of 1967. The Silvers examine the shift of attention in Britain from social class and the secondary school to poverty and the primary and preschool stage, and use extensive archive and interview material to analyze in depth transatlantic interactions, similarities, and differences in systems and policies. An Educational War on Poverty makes a substantial contribution to recent social and educational history, of interest both to scholars and policy makers, not least for its two large-scale national bibliographies.
Title:An Educational War on Poverty: American and British Policy-making 1960-1980Format:PaperbackDimensions:460 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.02 inPublished:April 20, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521025869

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: a proper complexity; Part I. A Pattern Of Events: United States: 2. Poverty and education: changing concerns and concepts; 3. Education: children and intervention; 4. Learning their way out of poverty?; 5. Education and the prime target; 6. An effort to understand; Part II. A Pattern Of Events: Britain: 7. Advancing from poverty?; 8. Opportunity, equality and social class; 9. Sounds and silences; 10. Plowden: direction finding; 11. Plowden: making choices; Part III. Following Through: 12. United States: planned and unplanned variation; 13. Britain: units of concern; 14. Directions; Interviews and consultation; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The book is in the finest tradition of comparative public policy research. It also serves as a reminder, to those of us who tend to concentrate on single-nation studies, how valuable such comparative studies can be....the volume is an extremely valuable resource that readers will return to on numerous occasions." John F. Witte, American Political Science Review