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Edmund Gordon

Professional Background

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Howard University.

Bachelor of Divinity degree in Social Ethics from Howard's Graduate School of Divinity.

Master of Arts degree in Social Psychology from the American University

Doctor of Education degree in Child Development and Guidance from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Masters of Arts degree (honorary) from Yale University, the Doctor of Humane Letters degree (honorary) from Yeshiva University, from Brown University, from Bank Street College and the Doctor of Science degree (honorary) from Mount Holyoke College. Teachers College Medal for Distinguished service to Education by Columbia University (1993), Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Howard University (1998).

Scholarly Interests

Professor Gordon is concerned with issues associated with increasing the number of high academic achieving students who come from African American, Latino, and Native American families. He is widely known for his research on diverse human characteristics and pedagogy, and the education of low status populations. He is interested in the career development of Black men who have overcome enormous odds against success to become high achievers. Recent research interests include the advancement of his concepts of "affirmative development of academic ability" and "supplementary education" both which focus on improving the quality of academic achievement in diverse learners. His current study group on the Correlates of High Academic Achievement is investigating, through several projects, personal, ecological, and institutional factors that are associated high levels of academic achievement in a variety of ethnic minority students.

Selected Publications

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Gordon, E. W., & Bridglall, B. L. (in press). Affirmative development of academic ability. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers and The College Board.

Gordon, E. W., Bridglall, B. L., & Meroe, A. S. (Eds.). (in press). Supplementary education. The College Board and Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Gordon, E.W. (2000). Production of knowledge and pursuit of understanding. In Camp Yeakey (Ed.), Producing Knowledge, Pursuing Understanding. Stanford, CT: Jai Press.

Gordon, E. W. (1999). Education and social justice: A view from the back of the bus. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Arroyo, C., & Gordon, E. W. (1998). Risk and protective processes among minority children: A meta-analytic review. In S. Luthar, D. Cicchetti, & J. Weisz (Eds.), Developmental perspectives on risk and psychopathology. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Gordon, E. W. (1997). African American males and the second reconstruction. New York, NY: City University of New York, IRADAC

Gordon, E. W. (1997). Cultural identity and behavioral change. Case Western Reserve Law Review, 47 (2).

Gordon, E. W., & Lemons, M. P. (1997). An interactionist perspective on the genesis of intelligence. In Robert J. Sternberg and Elena Grigorenko (Eds.), Intelligence, heredity, and the environment. Cambridge University Press.

Gordon, E. W. (1995). Toward an equitable system of educational assessment. The Journal of Negro Education, 64, (3), 1-13.

Gordon, E. W. (1995). Culture and the sciences of pedagogy. Teachers College Record. 97 (1), Fall. New York, NY: Teachers College Publication.

Gordon, E.W. (1995). Putting them in their place: A review of "The Bell Curve." In Ernest Herman (Ed.), Readings, 10(1). American Orthopsychiatric Association.

Gordon, E. W., & Bhattacharya, M. (1994). Race and intelligence. In Robert J. Sternberg (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human intelligence. MacMillan Publishing Company.

Wang, M. Y., & Gordon, E. W. (Eds.). (1994). Educational resilience: Challenges and prospects. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.

Gordon, E. W. (1994). Too much schooling too little education: A review. The Journal of Negro Education, 63(3).

Gordon, E.W., Bonilla Bowman, C. (1993). Equity in the achievement of a basic education. In Robert Berne (Ed.), Financing educational equity. American Education Finance Association.

Gordon, E. W., & Yowell, C. (1993). Cultural diversity as a risk factor in the development of students. In R. Rossi (Ed.), Educational Reforms for Students at Risk. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Gordon, E. W. (Guest Ed.), & Bhattacharya, M. (1992.) Human diversity, cultural hegemony, and the integrity of the academic canon. Journal of Negro Education, 61(3).

Gordon, E. W. (1991). Human diversity and pluralism. Educational Psychologist, 26 (2).

Gordon, E. W., & Armour Thomas, E. (1991). Culture and cognitive development. In R. Sternberg and L. Okagaki, (Eds.), Directors of development: Influences on the development of children's thinking. New Jersey: Erlbaum Associates.

Gordon, E. W., Meroe, A. S. (1991). Common destinies - continuing dilemmas. Psychological Science, 2 (1).

Gordon, E. W., & Roberts, F. (1991). One nation, many peoples: A declaration of cultural interdependence. Albany, NY: New York State Board of Regents.

Gordon, E. W., Miller, F., & Rollock, D. (1990). Coping with communicentric bias in knowledge production in the social sciences. Educational Researcher, 19 (3).

Jones, E. P., & Gordon, E.W. (1990). Where is home? Living through foster care. New York, NY: Four Windows.

Gordon, E.W. (Ed.). (1989). Human diversity and pedagogy, Center for Research in Education, Culture Ethnicity; New Haven, CT: Yale University, Institution for Social Policy Studies.

Gordon, E. W. (1989). Ordinary Black women. Readings - Journal of Reviews in Commentary of Mental Health, 4(2).

Gordon, E. W. (1989). The public school monopoly: Summary and discussion. In Diana Slaughter and Deborah Johnson, Visible now: Blacks in private schools. New York: Greenwood Press.

Gordon, E.W. (1988). Educating more minority engineers. Technology Review, 91(5,)July.

Gordon, E.W. (1986). Designing, implementing, and evaluating programs to facilitate cognitive development. Special Services in the Schools, 3,(1 & 2), Fall/Winter.

Gordon, E.W. (Ed.). (1985). Review of Research in Education (Vol. XII). Washington, D.C.: American Educational Research Association.

Gordon, E. W., DeStefano, L., Shipman, L. (1985). Characteristics of learning persons and adaptation of learning environments. In Margaret C. Wang and Herbert J. Walberg (Eds.), Adapting instruction to individual differences. Berkeley: McCutchan Publishing Corp.

Gordon, E. W. (1985). Social science knowledge production and minority experiences. The Journal of Negro Education, 54 (2).

Gordon, E.W. (Ed.). (1984). Review of Research in Education (Vol. XI). Washington, D.C.: American Educational Research Association.

Gordon, E.W., & DeStefano, L. (1984). Individual differences in development and learning. In James E. Ysseldyke (Ed.), School psychology: The state of the art. Minneapolis: National School Psychology Inservice Training Network.

Gordon, E.W. (Ed.). (1983). Review of Research in Education (Vol. X). Washington, D.C.: American Educational Research Association.

Gordon, E. W., Yeakey, C.C. (1983). Schooling and human differences in status and function. In E. Zigler, S. L. Kagan & E. Klugman (Eds.), Social and governmental policy for children and families: A primer. Cambridge University Press.

Gordon, E. W., & Zigler, E. (Eds.). (1982). Day care: Scientific and social policy issues, Boston, MA: Auburn House.

Gordon, E. W. (1982). Culture and ethnicity: Implications for development and intervention. In Melvin D. Levine, William B. Carey, Allen C. Crocker, Ruth Gross (Eds.), Textbook of behavioral and developmental pediatrics. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders.

Gordon, E. W. (1982). Urban education. Encyclopedia of educational research (4th Edition). Washington, D.C.: American Educational Research Association.

Gordon, E.W., & Terrell, M. (1981). The changed social context of testing. American Psychologist, 36, (10).

Gordon, E.W., & Ruvain, T. (1980). Bias and alternatives in psychological testing. Journal of Negro Education, 49 (3).

Gordon, E. W. (1979). Evaluation during the early years of head start. In Edward Zigler and Jeanette Valentine, (Eds.), Project Head Start. New York: The Free Press.

Gordon, E. W., & Shipman, S. (1979). Human diversity, pedagogy, and educational equity. American Psychologist, 34 (10).

Gordon, E.W. (1977). Project Talent: An empirical study to aid in formulating education goals. Reflection of the changing role and sources of guidance in the process of student development. In John Flannagan (Ed.), Improving American education: Implications from analyzing the development and quality of life of 1000 30-year-olds. Palo Alto, California: American Institutes for Research.

Gordon, E. W. (1976). Group differences vs. individual development in educational design. In Samuel Messick and Associates (Eds.), Individuality in Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Gordon, E. W. (1976). Contradictions in open admissions. Review of Education, 2 (3), 314-321.

Gordon, E. W. (1975). Opportunity programs for the disadvantaged in higher education, ERIC/Higher Education Research Report No. 6; Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education.

Gordon, E. W. (1975). Issues, trends, and current problems in education of the poor. IRDC Bulletin, X(1). New York, New York: Teachers College, Columbia University.

Gordon, E.W. (1974). An affluent society's excuses for inequality: Developmental, economic, and educational (an essay review). American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 44(1).

Gordon, E. W., & Miller, L. (Eds.). (1974). Equality of educational opportunity: Handbook for research. New York: AMS Press.

Gordon, E.W. (1973). Social disability, disadvantage, and rehabilitation. In David Malikin Social disability-alcoholism, drug addiction, crime, and social disadvantage (pp. 207-223). NY: New York University Press.

Gordon, E.W., & Lewis, A. (1972). A Black educator's case for ethnic studies. College Board Review.

Gordon, E. W. (1971). The guidance specialist and the disadvantaged student. In David Cook (Ed.), Guidance for education in revolution. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc.

Gordon, E.W. (1971). Democratization of educational opportunity. Children, 18(3).

Gordon, E.W. (1970). Some theoretical and practical problems in compensatory education as an antidote to poverty. In Vernon Allen, (Ed.), Psychological factors in poverty (pp. 318-325). Chicago: Markham Publishing Co.

Gordon, E.W. (1970). Perspectives on counseling and other approaches to guided behavior change. The Counseling Psychologist, 2, (2).

Gordon, E. W. (Fall, 1969). Relevance or revolt. Perspectives on Education. New York, New York: Teachers College, Columbia University, Teachers College Publication.

Gordon, E. W. (1968). Education for socially disadvantaged children. In Stella Chess and Alexander Thomas (Eds.), Annual progress in child psychiatry and child development, New York: Brunner/Mazel Publications.

Gordon, E. W., & Jablonsky, A. (1967). Compensatory education in the equalization of educational opportunity. Report commissioned by the United States Commission on Civil Rights. New York, NY: Yeshiva University. Walter C. Daniel, (Ed). The Journal of Negro Education, 37, (3). Washington, D.C.: Howard University.

Gordon, E.W. (1966). Head start or false start? American Child, 48 (2).

Gordon, E. W. (Ed.). (1965). Characteristics of socially disadvantaged children. Review of Educational Research, 35, (5).

Gordon, E. W. (1965). Help for the disadvantaged. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 35 (3).

Gordon, E. W. (1964. Counseling socially disadvantaged children. In Reisman, J. Cohen, and A. Pearl (Eds.), Mental health of the poor (pp. 275-282). Free Press of Glen Cove.

Gordon, E.W. (1963). Psychological appraisal and the socially disadvantaged children. American Child, 45 (2).

Centers and Projects

Assessment and Evaluation Research Initiative

Institute for Urban and Minority Education

The Campaign for Educational Equity

Edmund Gordon appeared in the following articles:

ETS Tracks Causes of Scoring Gaps (5/13/2009)

Thinking Big About How to Close the Gap (11/25/2008 3:49:00 PM)

Storyteller delights crowd at African festival (7/15/2007)

Doing Good Research that Makes an Impact (2/26/2007)

Rockland inducts four into Civil Rights Hall of Fame (12/8/2006)

Only the Bathwater -- Or the Baby, Too? (11/21/2006)

Equity Symposium to Focus on NCLB at Midpoint (11/6/2006)

Looking Back At Brown v Board, Not In Anger But With Concern (6/13/2006)

Fulfilling America's Promise for Blacks (5/28/2006)

A Campus for a Pioneer (4/13/2006)

Institute for Student Achievement Celebrates Honorees (4/6/2006)

Walking The Talk In Harlem (2/23/2006)

Claude Steele to Address Issues of Stereotypes and Student Achievement (10/25/2005)

The End of an Era (10/11/2005 11:28:00 AM)

Research in 2004 (5/27/2005)

Black Parents Tackle Student Gap (3/28/2005)

Institute Focuses on Helping Harlem Parents (3/28/2005)

TC Embraces Gordon's Vision of Supplementary Education (3/28/2005)

Economic Equality May Help Close Achievement Gap (2/23/2005)

People in the News (11/14/2004)

Strategies for Narrowing the Achievement Gap (10/17/2004)

A Tough Assignment (9/17/2004)

A Symbol of Change (6/1/2004)

Teachers College Honors Desegregation Groundbreaker Ruby Bridges Hall (4/30/2004)

ETS Creates Edmund W. Gordon Chair for Policy Evaluation and Research (3/30/2004)

The Mellon Visiting Minority Scholars Program at Teachers College (8/1/2003)

In the Spotlight: Edmund W. Gordon and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (3/10/2003)

In the Spotlight: Edmund W. Gordon and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (3/1/2003)

Edmund Gordon Profiled in the New York Times (1/8/2003)

Mellon Minority Fellow Speaks to Black-White Achievement Gap (1/1/2003)

Perspectives on Culture, Ethnicity, and Pedagogy at IUME (1/1/2003)

The Mellon Visiting Minority Scholars Program at Teachers College (10/1/2002)

Two Diversity Fellows in Counseling and Technology Selected to Create New Realities (11/1/2001)

Carrol Grady Remembered (6/1/2001)

Gordon Ends Tenure as Interim Dean with Address to Faculty (6/1/2001)

TC Graduates Celebrate at Master's and Doctoral Convocation Ceremonies (6/1/2001)

Zumwalt Leaves Dean's Post: Search for New Dean Begins (1/1/2001)

A Marriage Made in Cyberspace (10/1/2000)

State of the College: A Time of Transition (10/1/2000)

At Schools, Race Gap Widens Again (9/19/2000)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)

Looking back and looking ahead: Founders Day (11/1/1999)

State of the College: 8 steps to the future (9/1/1999)