The Spivack Archive is a searchable database of 503 entries that concern the effects of school and classroom ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic (SES) composition on specific outcomes. Outcomes include educational achievement (with a special emphasis on mathematics and science outcomes), educational attainment, interracial friendships, intergroup relations, and adult life-course trajectories such as occupational attainment, the intergenerational perpetuation of racial stereotypes and fears, and social cohesion in democratic, ethnically and racially plural societies.
The Spivack Archive is a part of the Spivack Project, a study designed to survey and synthesize the social, educational, and behavioral science research about the topic of school and classroom compositional effects on various outcomes. The purpose of Spivack Archive is to provide scholars, education rights attorneys, policy makers, and the general public with accessible state-of-the-art knowledge about the topic.
The Spivack Archive consists of detailed abstracts of relevant published and unpublished empirical, qualitative, historical, and policy studies on the topic. The majority of the entries report research on US schools and students that appeared during the last forty years, although some studies are older. There is a unique entry for each study, and each entry presents the following information about its study:
Users can search the archive by author, any of the research design characteristics listed above, or from a menu list of key words.
The Spivack Archive was developed by Professor Roslyn Arlin Mickelson and her research team in the Sociology Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The team included Martha Cecilia Bottia, Ph.D. (primary researcher), Robert Edward Freeland (archive designer), Kerrie Stewart and Nandan Jha (associate researchers), Amanda Cohen Mostafavi (web developer), and Stephen Whitlow (graphic designer).
The development of the Spivack Archive was supported by a 2005 grant to Professor Mickelson and Professor Kathryn Borman from the American Sociological Association’s Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy. Mickelson received additional support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Poverty and the Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) in 2006 and 2009.