Thursday, January 3, 2008

Cool People You Should Know: Meredith Phillips

Meredith Phillips teaches at UCLA's School of Public Affairs. You probably know her name from the incredibly useful edited book, The Black-White Test Score Gap, that she co-edited with Sandy Jencks.

From her website, here's what she's up to these days:

Phillips is currently working on three major research projects. With funding from the Mellon foundation, she is conducting a five-year longitudinal study of how students' experiences at an ethnically diverse, highly-selective university influence their major choices, course-taking patterns, and academic progress.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, she is following a diverse sample of fifth-graders over the transition to middle school in order to examine the "oppositional culture" hypothesis.

And with funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, she is using the Schools and Staffing Survey to describe how school quality changed over the 1990s and how school quality overlaps with neighborhood quality.

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