Too Good to Be True: Can a Brief Writing Intervention Really Reduce the Achievement Gap?

October 13, 2010

This presentation reports on preliminary results from a local experimental replication and enhancement of a brief writing intervention previously described in two Science articles. The authors of the original study claimed that the gap between grades of 7th grade African American and White students was reduced by 40% with a simple 15-minute writing exercise. We implemented the intervention in the 2009-2010 school year in a Durham middle school with all students, 2 weeks before first quarter grades came out. You'll hear what we found and what it says about important elements of classroom context.

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Speaker: Natasha Bowen, Associate Professor School of Social Work
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: 206 Peabody Hall