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This reader is designed to present a broad introduction to the field of sociology of education. It is geared toward upper-level undergraduate and beginning level graduate courses in sociology of education, foundations of education, and related courses. It may be used as a text by itself or as a supplement to another text. Articles have been selected based on the following criteria: 1.) Articles that illustrate a broad range of theoretical perspectives, major concepts, and current issues. 2.) Articles that provide a level of reading and sophistication appropriate to upper-level students. 3.) Articles from a wide range of respected sources. 4.) Inclusion of both classic and contemporary sociologists' work in order to provide an excellent balance.
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This collection of 47 readings addresses the basic issues surrounding the sociology of education. The articles illustrate a broad range of theoretical perspectives, concepts, and controversies, and include the writings of both classical and contemporary sociologists. Topics include: an overview of the field; schools as organizations; the informal system and the hidden curriculum; the social construction of knowledge; educational systems and their environments; social stratification; efforts toward equality and equity; higher education; education in the international context, and; educational reform and change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412950527
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/11/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne H. Ballantine is professor of sociology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She received an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from Indiana University, with a specialty in sociology of education. She has been teaching and writing for more than 30 years and has written or coauthored several texts, including Sociology of Education: A Systematic Analysis, Teaching Sociology of Education, Sociological Footprints, and Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology. She has also published in other areas, including gender and teaching of sociology, and has been an active member of sociology of education organizations, including the ASA Section on Sociology of Education, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee on Sociology of Education. She has won numerous awards, including the ASA Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award.

Joan Z. Spade is professor emerita of sociology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, in Brockport, New York. She received her PhD from the University of Buffalo. She has been teaching and writing in the field for more than 30 years: highlights include a semester teaching in Budapest, Hungary, as a Fulbright Scholar, and authoring articles on rape culture, meaning of work in men’s and women’s lives, gender and family, and gender in education. She is a coauthor of Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education, coeditor of Implementing Educational Reform: Sociological Perspectives on Educational Policy, and coauthor of articles in sociol­ogy of education on stratification and grouping practices in education. Currently she is researching academic governance in higher educa­tion. She is a member of the ASA, the Eastern Sociological Society, and Sociologists for Women in Society.

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Table of Contents

PART I – What Is Sociology of Education? Theory and Methods
1. Getting Started: Understanding Education Through Sociological Theory - Jeanne H. Ballantine and Joan Z. Spade
2. Contemporary Perspectives in the Sociology of Education - Alan R. Sadovnik
3. Moral Education - Emile Durkheim
4. Conflict Theory of Educational Stratification - Randall Collins
5. Schooling in Capitalist Societies - Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
6. Bridges to the Future: Contributions of Qualitative Research to the Sociology of Education - Carolyn Riehl
7. How to Avoid Statistical Traps - Gerald W. Bracey PART II – School Organization and Roles
8. How Schools Work - Rebecca Barr and Robert Dreeben
9. The School Class as a Social System - Talcott Parsons
10. Small Class Size and Its Effects - Bruce J. Biddle and David C. Berlinger
11. Forms of Capital and the Construction of Leadership: Instructional Leadership in Urban Elementary Schools - James P. Spillane, Tim Hallett, and John B. Diamond
12. The Status of Teaching as a Profession - Richard M. Ingersoll and David Perda
13. School Reform and Teacher Burnout - Anthony Gary Dworkin PART III – Students and the Informal System
14. Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp - Harry L. Gracey
15. Real School: A Universal Drama Among Disparate Experience - Mary Haywood Metz
16. Straddling Boundaries: Identity, Culture, and School - Prudence L. Carter
17. Low-Level Violence: A Neglected Aspect of School Culture - David R. Dupper and Nancy Meyer-Adams
18. The Dropout Problem: Losing Ground - Paul E. Barton PART IV – Social Construction of Knowledge
19. The New Sociology of Knowledge - Ann Swidler and Jorge Arditi
20. Romeo and Juliet Were Just Good Friends - Joan DelFattore
21. America in World War II: An Analysis of History Textbooks from England, Japan, Sweden, and the United States - Stuart Foster and Jason Nicholls
22. Facts or Critical Thinking Skills? What the NAEP Results Say - Harold Wenglinsky PART V – Schooling in Social Context: Educational Environments
23. The Structure of Educational Organizations - John W. Meyer and Brian Rowan
24. Marital Transitions, Parenting, and Schooling: Exploring the Link Between Family-Structure History and Adolescents’ Academic Status - Shannon E. Cavanagh, Kathryn S. Schiller, and Catherine Riegle-Crumb
25. Adolescents’ Extracurricular Participation in Context: The Mediating Effects of Schools, Communities, and Identity - Andrew Guest and Barbara Schneider
26. No Child Left Behind: The Federal Government Gets Serious About Accountability - Kathryn M. Borman and Bridget A. Cotner
27. Disparities Within: Unequal Spending and Achievement in an Urban School District - Dennis J. Condron and Vincent J. Roscigno PART VI – Social Stratification and Schools
28. Schools: The Great Equalizer and the Key to the American Dream - Heather Beth Johnson
29. Tracking in Mathematics and Science: Courses and Course Selection Procedures - Joan Z. Spade, Lynn Columba, and Beth E. Vanfossen
30. How Race and Education are Related - Caroline Hodges Persell
31. Moments of Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Race, Class, and Cultural Capital in Family-School Relationships - Annette Lareau and Erin McNamara Horvat
32. "Tuck in that shirt!" Race, Class, Gender, and Discipline in an Urban School - Edward W. Morris
33. Gender and Education - Roslyn Arlin Mickelson PART VII – Efforts Toward Equality and Equity in Education
34. The Segregation and Resegregation of American Public Education: The Courts' Role - Erwin Chemerinsky
35. Learning Through Experience: What Graduates Gained by Attending Desegregated High Schools - Jennifer Jellison Holme, Amy Stuart Wells, and Anita Tijerina Revilla
36. Charter Schools and the Public Good - Linda A. Renzulli and Vincent J. Roscigno
37. The Achievement Gap: A Broader Picture - Richard Rothstein
38. Early Childhood Education and Care in Advanced Industrialized Countries: Current Policy and Program Trends - Sheila B. Kamerman PART VIII – Higher Education
39. The Stratification of the Academy - Zelda F. Gamson
40. The Battle Over Merit - Jerome Karabel
41. The Community College: The Impact, Origin, and Future of a Contradictory Institution - Kevin J. Dougherty
42. Blacks in College: Past and Present - Sarah Susannah Willie
43. Changes in the Status and Functions of Women’s Colleges Over Time - Leslie Miller-Bernal
44. Reshaping the University in an Era of Globalization - Alan Ruby PART IX – Education in an International Context
45. The Global Environment of National School Systems - David P. Baker and Gerald K. LeTendre
46. The Content of the Curriculum: An Institutional Perspective - Elizabeth H. McEneaney and John W. Meyer (moved from Part IV)
47. Education and Social Stratification Processes in Comparative Perspective - Alan C. Kerckhoff
48. The Case for Universal Basic Education for the World’s Poorest Boys and Girls - Gene B. Sperling
49. What Does Globalization Mean for Educational Change? A Comparative Approach - Martin Carnoy and Diana Rhoten PART X – Educational Reform and Change
50. Tinkering Toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform - David Tyack and Larry Cuban
51. Wider Contexts and Future Issues: National Standards and School Reform in Japan and the United States - Thomas P. Rohlen
52. Radical Possibilities: Putting Education at the Center - Jean Anyon
53. Deschooling Society - Ivan Illich Concluding Remarks Appendix: Web Resources for Continued Exploration of the Topics in This Book Index
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