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A guide for Ellen Walroth's WRC 1023 students researching the Achievement Gap.
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This guide is for students in Ellen Walroth's WRC 1023 class researching the Achievement Gap.

This page provides links to the various resources available at the UTSA Libraries and beyond for your research assignment.


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    The Achievement Gap

    Use the links below to find background information, books, articles and websites on the Achievement Gap.

    First, use Gale Virtual Reference Library,a UTSA Libraries database where you can get background on the topic.

    Use the following keywords: students and achievement and education

    Second, use UCAT, the library's catalog, to locate books and e-books.You can do a simple keyword search, like "achievement gap." You can also do an expert keyword search, with keywords like students and achievement and education. Pay special attention to the Subject Headings in the catalog. You can also do a subject search to target resources relevant to your topic:

    Children with social disabilities--Education--United States

    Education, Urban--Social Aspects--United States

    Academic Achievement--United States

    Educational Change--United States

    Third, use ERIC, Professional Development Collection, EconLit, Academic Search Complete, or JSTOR to find articles from magazines, trade publications, and scholarly journals. Use keywords such as achievement gap, education, academic achievement, etc. Use the full text links or the Find It @ UTSA button to get the actual article.



      What are good keywords to use when researching the achievement gap?  These may be helpful when mining the UTSA Libraries for sources.

      Pay attention to the subject headings and descriptors in databases, too, because they will often lead you to the pots of gold.

      students achievement ethnicity
      grade levels   academic achievement socioeconomic
      high schools   academic success poverty
      urban schools graduation foreign countries
      specific countries dropout specific countries
      culture school districts culture              
      politics spending politics      
      society teacher pay society
      spending teacher training spending
      budgets class size budgets
      Equality in Education No Child Left Behind minority studies
      race    class digital divide
      net generation

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