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Education: Straitjacket or Opportunity
     

Education: Straitjacket or Opportunity

by James Benet
 

Current discussions of education from Jenck's Inequality to Coleman's recent controversial pronouncements on desegregation orders and "white flight" concentrate on the efficacy of educational reform. The articles in this anthology, collected from two issues of the journal Social Problems, all consider this topic.

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Current discussions of education from Jenck's Inequality to Coleman's recent controversial pronouncements on desegregation orders and "white flight" concentrate on the efficacy of educational reform. The articles in this anthology, collected from two issues of the journal Social Problems, all consider this topic.

The volume is divided into six sections, each exploring different aspects of education. In an introductory essay the editors state the theme of the work and outl i ne the approaches and focuses of the individual essays. Daniels and Benet provide a framework within which the reader can digest and interpret the various contributions, and raise a series of questions intended to guide future educational research. They maintain that only interdisciplinary study can enable researchers to understand the play between individual aspirations and interconnecting social systems and institutions in the development of the growing exasperation with (or indifference to) the schooling question.

Originally sponsored by the Society for the Study of Social Problems, this work provides refreshing insights into the nature of contemporary education and explores new areas of research not previously discussed. It follows a "social system" approach to education and advocates it as a model for future researchers.

Serves an important role in the current assessment of American education. Ray C. Rist, Cornell University

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"Quite useful in classes devoted to the study of social foundations of the educational enterprise. I think it would be especially valuable because of the range of approaches to the empirical study of education that it exemplifies and because it discusses education in almost all its phases and at all levels." —Robert L. Church, Professor of History and Education, Northwestern University "One of those rare educational experiences in the form of a broad sweeping, thoughtful and powerful volume.... An impressive undertaking, and a truly outstanding book." Thomas J. Cottle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878552986
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1980
Pages:
199

Meet the Author

James Benet is Lecturer in Journalism, University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco University.

Arlene Kaplan Daniels (1930-20012) was professor of sociology and director of the Program on Women at Northwestern University, and coeditor of Education: Straitiacket or Opportunity.

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