Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
A sociologist by training, Hugh (“Bud”) Mehan has made important contributions to the anthropology of schooling, particularly with regard to language use and the construction of students' academic identities. He has published on topics as diverse as the scaling up of school reform, the pedagogical use of computers, and the discourse of the nuclear arms race, but he is best known for his critical analyses of ability grouping (“tracking”), whereby schools segregate students on the basis of their (supposedly innate) academic talent. As director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Access, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California, San Diego, he has applied his research findings to improving the education of underserved groups through initiatives in teacher education and university partnerships with K–12 schools. A substantial amount of educational research has been dedicated to evaluating ...