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2013 - 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society Words: 167 words || 
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1. Press, Sarah. and Friedlander, Elliott. "Context, Context, Context! How local adaptation ensures equitable outcomes across cultures and countries" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, LA, <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p635684_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Despite deep-seated international commitments to end educational disparities worldwide, no magic bullet has emerged to ensure equal educational outcomes for all children everywhere. Save the Children's quest for its own magic bullet led us to Literacy Boost, a program that adapts to local contexts, capabilities, and challenges rather than offering prescriptive solutions that ignore local realities. This paper examines precisely how Literacy Boost adapts to local contexts. Data from South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe and other sites provide examples. Through these adaptations, we set interventions to test hypotheses about whether and through what mechanisms equity impact emerges. The data presented stems from Literacy Boost implementation reports across these African countries. This paper describes Literacy Boost’s approach to using data to shape program, revealing its evidence-based processes for supporting all children and achieving more equitable results. This paper is critical for those interested in education in Africa, as it underscores the necessity of understanding the local environment and tailoring responses to fit a given population of students' needs.

2014 - Tenth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Words: 151 words || 
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2. Upadhyay, Dr. Ishita. and Baxi, Annie. "Body images in the context of grand narratives of contemporary indian context" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Tenth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, May 21, 2014 <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p705822_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Body Images in the context of grand narratives of contemporary Indian context

Grand narratives are cultural schemas representing codified wisdom transmitted across generations for understanding and interpreting the world around.
The study aimed at exploring through personal narrative around the notion of body images among women. Twenty three participants having professional career in modelling. The data was collected with the objective of understanding their notion of beauty and sense of aesthetics in the making of the self and its various shades. It also aims at understanding the meaning of relationships with self and others, the embodied engagements with their own body in relation to their profession.
Data thus obtained were subjected to narrative analysis using Grounded theory method framework for identifying the emergent themes. Themes like anger and depression, loss and split, recovery and repair, empowerment vs. disempowerment were located in the narratives. Paper discusses its implications in contemporary context.

2013 - 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society Words: 212 words || 
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3. Reddy, Pooja. "How Does Literacy Development in Multilingual Contexts Differ From Monolingual Contexts?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, LA, <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p635770_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Literacy development in multilingual contexts necessarily differs from monolingual contexts for two major reasons. Firstly, oral language skills cannot be taken for granted and this has strong implications on how far reading can develop in the absence of attention toward oral language development. Secondly, primary literacy skills significantly and predictably impact secondary language reading development. This paper will review empirical research on how literacy development occurs in multilingual contexts. Specifically, the following questions will be answered: how does literacy acquisition occur in scripts other than English; how does knowledge of a previous language impact the acquisition of a new language; and what factors are critical to take into consideration when teaching reading in multilingual contexts. These studies will be synthesized to identify factors that are most critical for reading development in multilingual contexts. Certain questions which are central to reading policy and pedagogical decisions in the developing world, which are yet to be answered – such as, how and when to transition from a primary literacy to a secondary literacy; which languages are suitable for primary literacy instruction in urban and rural areas; what factors are most critical in developing successful readers in two or more languages – will also be raised. Possible methods of answering these questions will also be discussed.

2016 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
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4. Besek, Jordan. and York, Richard. "On the Relationship Between Social Contexts, Biophysical Contexts and Biodiversity Loss" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, Aug 17, 2016 Online <PDF>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1115042_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Contemporary social processes are setting in motion a crisis of global biodiversity loss, or the human-caused species declines recently characterized as the “sixth extinction,” yet those who study social processes are largely absent from discussions about this crisis. The purpose of this article is to provide a theoretical approach for sociologists and others who focus on social processes to contribute to these conversations. To build a sociological understanding of the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, we argue sociologists must conceptualize biodiversity loss as an outcome that emerges from inter-related social structural, spatial and biophysical contexts that can either facilitate or inhibit it, rather than looking for specific mechanisms or general cause-effect relationships among variables. We argue that it is only through such an approach that sociologists can appropriately conceive the concomitant social and biophysical processes that constitute this crisis.

2017 - American Society of Criminology Words: 192 words || 
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5. Pals, Heili. and Plickert, Gabriele. "Violence in Context: Effects of Personal Networks and Neighborhood Context on Trajectories of Youth Violence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2019-10-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1278087_index.html>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Abstract: The exposure to violence persists to be wide-ranging and salient among children. Thus, the experience of violence through interpersonal relationships and the broader social context shapes children’s emotional development and role stress as adolescent and young adult. Taking into account the person-level and contextual dimensions of violence across the early life course of children allows us to disentangle the implications of violence during the crucial transitions from adolescence to young adulthood. We use data of the Kaplan Longitudinal and Multigenerational Study (KLAMS) of two generations with parallel measures of violence in two generations. We assess violent victimization (e.g., measuring the violence of the immediate interpersonal context) and violent acts committed within one’s personal network. In the context of the role stress model embedded in the life course we further investigate whether and how neighborhood context moderates these violent person-level relationships. Inside the role stress model of mental health studies show that certain stressors within the larger context of disadvantaged circumstances negatively impact children’s violent and emotional behaviors. We therefore explore the proximate and distant stressors and their effects on children as they transition from adolescence (ages 11-18) to young adulthood (ages 20-14).

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