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Aiming High and Falling Short: California’s 8th Grade Algebra-for-All Effort

Thurston Domina, Professor of Education, UC Irvine
Jan 23, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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The U.S. is in the midst of an effort to intensify middle school mathematics curricula by enrolling more 8th graders in Algebra. Until recently, California has been at the forefront of this effort, and the state moved in 2008 to make Algebra the accountability benchmark test in 8th grade mathematics. In this talk, Thurston Domina will examine evidence from California and across the U.S. about accelerated algebra efforts and their effects for student achievement.

Domina's research pairs demographic and economeThurston Dominatric empirical methods with sociological theory to better understand the relationship between education and social inequality in the contemporary U.S. Much of this work focuses on student transitions from middle and high school into higher education. During the course of this transition, students move from the largely undifferentiated instruction of elementary education to the highly stratified U.S. college and university system. Domina's primary intellectual interests are: (1) Understanding how this sorting process shapes students’ life chances, (2) identifying educational strategies that can expand opportunities for all.

Dr. Domina received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New  York. His research has been published in numerous journals, including Review of Higher Education, Social Science Research, Educational Policy, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.


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