Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities by Mary J. Fischer, Margarita A. Mooney, Camille Z. Charles, Douglas S. Massey (Paperback, 2016)
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- DescriptionBuilding on their important findings in The Source of the River, the authors w probe even more deeply into mirity underachievement at the college level. Taming the River examines the academic and social dynamics of different ethnic groups during the first two years of college. Focusing on racial differences in academic performance, the book identifies the causes of students' divergent grades and levels of personal satisfaction with their institutions. Using survey data collected from twenty-eight selective colleges and universities, Taming the River considers all facets of student life, including who students date, what fields they major in, which sports they play, and how they perceive their own social and ecomic backgrounds. The book explores how black and Lati students experience pressures stemming from campus racial climate and stereotype threat --when students underperform because of anxieties tied to existing negative stereotypes. Describing the relationship between grade performance and stereotype threat, the book shows how this link is reinforced by institutional practices of affirmative action. The authors also indicate that when certain variables are controlled, mirity students earn the same grades, express the same college satisfaction, and remain in school at the same rates as white students. A powerful look at how educational policies unfold in America's universities, Taming the River sheds light on the social and racial factors influencing student success.
- Author BiographyCamille Z. Charles is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences, and professor of sociology, education, and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Mary J. Fischer is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. Margarita A. Mooney is assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
- Author(s)Camille Z. Charles,Douglas S. Massey,Margarita A. Mooney,Mary J. Fischer
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication08/07/2016
- SubjectEducation & Teaching
- Series TitleThe William G. Bowen Memorial Series in Higher Education
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2009
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight428 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine18 mm
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