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This wide-ranging handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the field of education as viewed from a sociological perspective. Experts in the area present theoretical and empirical research on major educational issues and analyze the social processes that govern schooling, and the role of schools in and their impact on contemporary society. A major reference work for social scientists who want an overview of the field, graduate students, and educators.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Sociology of Education at the Threshold of the Twenty-first Century 1
1 School as Context and Construction: A Social Psychological Approach to the Study of Schooling 15
2 The Organizational Context of Teaching and Learning: Changing Theoretical Perspectives 37
3 On the Linkages between Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Sociology of Education 65
4 Research and Theory on Equality and Education 85
5 Structural Effects in Education: A History of an Idea 107
6 School Effects: Theoretical and Methodological Issues 137
7 Development and Education 163
8 The Content of the Curriculum: An Institutionalist Perspective 189
9 Comparative and Historical Patterns of Education 213
10 The Limits of Growth: School Expansion and School Reform in Historical Perpective 241
11 Equitable Classrooms in a Changing Society 265
12 Connecting Home, School, and Community: New Directions for Social Research 285
13 The Variable Construction of Educational Risk 307
14 School Size and the Organization of Secondary Schools 327
15 Comparative Sociology of Classroom Processes, School Organization, and Achievement 345
16 Social Systems and Norms: A Coleman Approach 365
17 Values, Control, and Outcomes in Public and Private Schools 387
18 Interactions between High Schools and Labor Markets 411
19 Vocational Secondary Education, Tracking, and Social Stratification 437
20 Transition from School to Work in Comparative Perspective 453
21 Pathways from School to Work in Germany and the United States 475
22 The Effects of Schooling on Individual Lives 499
23 Accountability in Education 529
Tribute to David Lee Stevenson 545
24 The Fit and Misfit of Sociological Research and Educational Policy 547
Author Index 565
Subject Index 579
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