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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: 9780534619565
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/25/2003
  • Series: The Wadsworth Sociology Reader Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (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

About the Editors
Introduction to the Text 1
Pt. 1 What Is Sociology of Education? 9
1 Theories in the Sociology of Education 15
2 Moral Education 35
3 The School Class As a Social System 38
4 Conflict Theory of Educational Stratification 47
5 The Typological Position of Confucian Education 55
6 Schooling in Capitalist Societies 58
7 Understanding Inequality in Schools: The Contribution of Interpretive Studies 62
Pt. 2 Schools as Organizations 73
8 The Structure of Educational Organizations 77
9 How Schools Work 88
10 Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp 95
11 The Ambitious Generation: Imagining the Future 101
12 Teaching in America: The Slow Revolution 106
13 The Status of Teaching as a Profession 115
Pt. 3 The Informal System and the Hidden Curriculum 131
14 Real School: A Universal Drama Amid Disparate Experience 135
15 The Moral Life of Schools 149
16 Preventing and Producing Violence: A Critical Analysis of Responses to School Violence 157
Pt. 4 The Social Construction of Knowledge 165
17 The New Sociology of Knowledge 169
18 Romeo and Juliet Were Just Good Friends 179
19 Fort Collins, Colorado: Washington Core Knowledge School 186
Pt. 5 Educational Systems and Their Environments 193
20 How Money Matters: The Effect of School District Spending on Academic Achievement 197
21 Hidden Capital: Vocational Credentials and Attainment in the United States 204
22 Public Schools and the Public Good 217
Pt. 6 Social Stratification and Schools 227
23 The Concept of Equality of Educational Opportunity 231
24 Tracking in Mathematics and Science: Courses and Course Selection Procedures 240
25 Preparing for Power: America's Elite Boarding Schools 252
26 Moments of Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Race, Class, and Cultural Capital in Family-School Relationships 259
27 Gender in Education in the United States 270
28 Everyday Schooling and the Elaboration of Race-Gender Stratification 279
Pt. 7 Efforts Toward Equality and Equity in Education 291
29 Deepening Segregation in American Public Schools 295
30 The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions 307
31 Detracking: The Social Construction of Ability, Cultural Politics, and Resistance to Reform 320
32 Exchange on School Choice 330
33 The National Head Start Program for Disadvantaged Preschoolers 337
34 Understanding Cultural Diversity and Learning 343
35 Equitable Classrooms in a Changing Society 355
Pt. 8 Higher Education 361
36 The Stratification of the Academy 367
37 The Community College: The Impact, Origin, and Future of a Contradictory Institution 373
38 College Students in Changing Contexts 382
39 Gender Inequality and Higher Education 391
Pt. 9 Education in an International Context 405
40 Institutional Approach to the Study of Education 409
41 Teachers as Workers in the World System 417
42 Development and Education 427
43 Global Challenge and National Response: Notes for an International Dialogue on Higher Education 439
Pt. 10 Educational Reform and Change 445
44 Tinkering Toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform 449
45 Poverty and Education 469
46 Deschooling Society 479
47 The Soul of a New University 487
Concluding Remarks 491
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