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The ANNALS: Our Bimonthly Journal of Research

The State of Unequal Educational Opportunity: The Coleman Report 50 Years Later

Special Editors: Margot I. Jackson and Susan L. Moffitt, Brown University

Released in 1966, the Coleman Report was a controversial study that assessed inequality in American schools and its consequences for student achievement. The report triggered debate and significantly influenced U.S. policy and educational research.

Fifty years later, this volume of The ANNALS explores some of the same issues that the Coleman Report discussed, while also moving forward, looking beyond the issues that Coleman and his colleagues took up. Articles examine families, schools, communities, immigration, and cross-national variation and how they relate to education and educational achievement…read more.


Featured Fellow

Kathryn Edin, 2014 Margaret Mead Fellow

Kathryn Edin, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women and men. Edin is particularly interested in questions about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? Read more…