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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Sarah Blanchard

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

PRC Graduate Trainee
Sarah Blanchard

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Biography

Sarah’s research with the Education and Transition to Adulthood (ETAG) working group focuses on structural and relational aspects of schools, adolescent social-psychological development, and access to higher education with a focus on gender and race/ethnic inequalities.

Several current projects explore different potential contributors to disparities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) participation for minorities and the children of immigrants. For example, how might teachers’ relationships with language minority or immigrant students influence academic achievement during the transition to college? Other work asks if and how program interventions are able to influence school culture around math and science, enhancing academic press and expanding opportunities for underserved adolescents.

Her dissertation work takes a multi-level approach to assess how academic and social contextual factors shape underrepresented adolescents' attitudes about opportunity and plans for the future.

In earlier work, she considered how individual and structural factors shape access to opportunity vis-a-vis migration decisions. A collaboration with Andres Villarreal studied workforce characteristics in the selectivity of immigrants from Mexico. Other work has described trends in migration from Central America and deportation.

 

Education and Transition to Adulthood Research Group (ETAG) website

 

Sarah Blanchard earned her B.A. in Sociology at Villanova University with a concentration in ethics and peace & justice studies.

SOC 308 • Education And Society

46280 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 900am-1000am CLA 0.106
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Descripton

Schools are multifaceted and dynamic institutions. Education offers individuals a way to get ahead through hard work and perseverance. Another perspective views schools as a mechanism that preserves advantages and inequality for the next generation. Education is also a developmental context that shapes students' future occupations and earnings as well as their values, relationships, health, and deviance. This course will consider the origins of the American educational system and explore all of these dynamics from a sociological perspective with a focus on race/ethnicity, social class, and gender.

 

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