Videos of presentations by Johns Hopkins University researchers Geoffrey D. Borman and Karl Alexander, recorded during a recent national conference on summer learning held at Hopkins, are now available on the World Wide Web.
Videos of presentations by Johns Hopkins University researchers
Geoffrey D. Borman and Karl Alexander,
recorded during a recent national conference on summer learning held at Hopkins,
are now available on the World Wide Web. Borman’s talk offers an overview of
what research has been conducted nationally on summer school and summer learning
loss. Alexander gives an in-depth talk about his 28-year study on summer learning
loss and its effect on the achievement gap between poor and well-off students.
About the speakers:
Geoffrey D. Borman, associate research scientist at Johns Hopkins’ Center
for Social Organization of Schools. He is currently conducting a three-year
longitudinal study that tracks the impact of an academically intensive summer
program for low-income Baltimore City elementary students. The study involves
about 450 elementary school children from high-poverty areas of the city at
five different sites.
Karl L. Alexander, the John Dewey Professor of Sociology
at Johns Hopkins. His “Beginning School Study” is one of the longest-running
education studies in the country. His data confirms the existence of what is
called the “summer slide,” or the fact that urban poor children fall behind
academically during the summer months while more affluent kids make academic
gains. His studies have often been cited by policy makers who make a case for
year-round schooling, summer school and quality summer camp programs for low-income
kids beginning as early as first grade.