Inequality is the Problem: What’s Our Response? | Lecture

When: 2015-05-28 12:00 - 2015-05-28 14:00
Where: Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana
Entry fee: free, you may sign up by clicking on "Signup" above the picture or by sending email to acprague@state.gov

In English, with simultaneous interpretation into Czech.

Organized in cooperation with Ústav výzkumu a rozvoje vzdělávání, Pedagogická fakulta UK.

The event is supported by GA ČR within a project “The relationships between skills, schooling and labor market outcomes: A longitudial study“ (No. P402/12/G130).

Adam Gamoran will describe the work undertaken at the William T. Grant Foundation to respond to this challenge, and invite dialogue with Czech and other European scholars and policy makers on the research needed to identify effective ways to reduce inequality for young people.

Adam Gamoran is the president of the William T. Grant Foundation. He came to the Foundation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he held the John D. MacArthur Chair in Sociology and Educational Policy Studies. In a research career spanning three decades, Gamoran conducted a wide range of studies focusing on inequality in education and school reform.

Among his major works were a series of studies on tracking and ability grouping that identified consequences for student achievement and revealed the mechanisms through which those consequences occurred. Subsequent studies examined interventions to improve performance and reduce learning gaps, assessed through large-scale cluster-randomized trials. His research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, as well as by the Spencer and William T. Grant Foundations. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the United Kingdom, and as a member of the National Research Council’s Board on International Comparative Studies of Education, he co-edited Methodological Advances in Cross-National Surveys of Educational Achievement (2002). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was twice appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences.

As president of the William T. Grant Foundation, Gamoran has prioritized supporting research to deepen our understanding of the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and to understand and improve the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people.