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David A. Gamson

Associate Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University

Gamson will research the history of “equal educational opportunity” and how its definition in the U.S. has changed over time. Using archival source materials, he will examine the ways in which conceptions of equal educational opportunity have been mutually reinforcing, overlapping, or contradictory. He will also examine the extent to which prevailing notions of academic ability have undermined many efforts to improve educational quality.


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