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Francine Fishman & Elliotte Sue Harrington

In: Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers,Practitioners, and Families

Chapter 17: Schoo Issues and Adoption: Academic Considerations andAdaptation

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Schoo Issues and Adoption: Academic Considerations andAdaptation
Schoo issues and adoption: Academic considerations andadaptation

During childhood and adolescence, children and teens spend approximately onethird of their day in educational settings. Schools, educators, and researchershave explored the impact of learning styles, disabilities, teacher expectations,and a host of other issues on school-age children. Although they have focused ona number of both internal (e.g., intelligence) and external (e.g., social class)factors that might affect students, relatively little attention has been givento students who were adopted into their families. Thus, although adoptedchildren and teens have been the subjects of research studies addressingheritability issues (e.g., Scarr & Weinberg, 1983), there have been fewstudies addressing educational and school-related issues pertaining to them.However, given that it is widely acknowledged that adoptees may encountervarious challenges ...

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