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Improving Learning Environments
School Discipline and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspective

Edited by Richard Arum and Melissa Velez


360 pp.
55 tables, 10 figures.
ISBN: 9780804778039
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"Improving Learning Environments is a superb examination of the relationship between school discipline and educational achievement, carried out cooperatively by distinguished scholars who investigate countries on which they are leading authorities. It's a must read for scholars and school reformers alike."—Stephen L. Morgan, Cornell University

"This state-of-the-art work addresses the important question of the extent to which school disciplinary environments shape educational outcomes. This new volume will provide policy makers with a much needed empirical basis for the development of effective policies."—Meir Yaish, University of Haifa

Improving Learning Environments provides the first systematic comparative cross-national study of school disciplinary climates. In this volume, leading international social science researchers explore nine national case studies to identify the institutional determinants of variation in school discipline, the possible links between school environments and student achievement, as well as the implications of these findings for understanding social inequality.

As the book demonstrates, a better understanding of school discipline is essential to the formation of effective educational policies. Ultimately, to improve a school's ability to contribute to youth socialization and student internalization of positive social norms and values, any changes in school discipline must not only be responsive to behavior problems but should also work to enhance the legitimacy and moral authority of school actors.

Richard Arum is Professor of Sociology and Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. He is coauthor of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (2011).

Melissa Velez is a Senior Analyst in the Social and Economic Policy Division at Abt Associates, Inc.

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