Norms and Politics of Equity-Minded Change: Researching the “Zone of Mediation”

  • Jeannie Oakes
  • Kevin Welner
  • Susan Yonezawa
  • Ricky Lee Allen


This chapter applies literature on the politics of education to data from a recent study of ten racially mixed secondary schools that were attempting to alter their grouping practices to illuminate how macro social, political and economic forces shaped the struggles these schools faced. The study found that unless reforms seek to achieve parity in opportunity and achievement across diverse groups of students, reformers face enormous challenges.


Change Agent Educational Reform Critical Inquiry School Reform Mutual Adaptation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeannie Oakes
    • 1
  • Kevin Welner
    • 1
  • Susan Yonezawa
    • 1
  • Ricky Lee Allen
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos Angeles

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