Karolyn Tyson

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Initiative:

Karolyn Tyson, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will combine data from several studies to write a book that examines how school environment and cultural beliefs about education influence student performance, especially among black and low-performing children. Using interviews with students, parents and school staff, as well as ethnographies and test score data, Tyson will construct a theory outlining the developmental trajectory of these disadvantaged students.


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