Sociology of Education: A Critical Reader / Edition 2

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This comprehensive and bestselling Reader examines the most pressing topics in sociology and education while exposing students to examples of sociological research on schools. Drawing from classic and contemporary scholarship, noted sociologist Alan R. Sadovnik has chosen readings that examine current issues and reflect diverse theoretical approaches to studying the effects of schooling and society. The second edition provides students with seven new readings from some of the best theorists and researchers in education including James S. Coleman, Madeleine Arnot, and Claudia Buchman. Through full, rather than excerpted primary source readings, students have the opportunity to read sociological research as it is written and engage in critical analyses of readings in their entirety. Including comprehensive section introductions, questions for reflection and discussion, and suggested readings, Sociology of Education will stimulate student thinking about the important roles that schools play in contemporary society and their ability to solve fundamental social, economic and political problems.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Sociology of Education is a fabulous reader. Sadovnik lays out the field in a concise but nuanced way. Students are much better served by having experience with full arguments and being able to see setups, methods, and other parts that excerpted works often cut." —Marcus Weaver-Hightower, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations and Research, University of North Dakota

Praise for the previous edition:

"Sociology of Education offers the student a concise portrayal of sociological theory and methods and an understanding that sociology is not limited to a single level of focus, such as on individuals, collectivities, or societies. Further, this textbook possesses a hallmark of quality textbooks in sociology—-a capacity to weave diverse theories together."—A. Gary Dworkin, Professor of Sociology, University of Houston

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415803694
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 0.70 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 3.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan R. Sadovnik is Professor of Education, Sociology, and Public Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Sociological Study of Education, Alan R. Sadovnik

Part 1: Theory and Method in the Sociology of Education

• *Theory and Research in the Sociology of Education

Alan R. Sadovnik
• *On Education and Society

Emile Durkheim
• *Functional and Conflict Theories of Educational Stratification

Randall Collins
• *Broken Promises: School Reform in Retrospect

Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
• *On Understanding the Processes of Education: The Contributions of Labeling Theory

Ray Rist
• *The Forms of Capital

Pierre Bourdieu
• *Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital

James S. Coleman
• *Class and Pedagogies: Visible and Invisible

Basil Bernstein
• *The Effects of Education as an Institution

John Meyer

Part 2: School Organization and Processes: Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

• *The Organizational Contexts of Teaching and Learning: Changing Theoretical Perspectives

Adam Gamoran, Walter Secada and Cora Marrett
• *Is there Really a Teacher Shortage?

Richard Ingersoll
• *Whose Markets, Whose Knowledge.

Michael W. Apple

Part 3: International Education

• *The Political Construction of Mass Schooling: European Origins and Worldwide Institutionalization

Francisco Ramirez and John Boli
• *Sociological Understandings of Contemporary Gender Transformations in Schooling in the UK

Madeleine Arnot
• *Nation Versus Nation: The Race to Be the First in the World

David P. Baker and Gerald LeTendre

Part 4: Higher Education

• *College-for-All: Do Students Understand What College Demands?

James E. Rosenbaum
• *It's Not Enough to Get Through the Open Door: Inequalities by Social Background in Transfer from Community Colleges to Four-Year Colleges

Kevin J. Dougherty & Gregory S. Kienzl
• *Mass Higher Education and Its Critics

Paul Attewell and David Lavin

Part 5: Education and Inequality

• *Tracking: From Theory to Practice

Maureen Hallinan

More than Misplaced Technology: A Normative and Political Response to Hallinan on Tracking

Jeannie Oakes
• *Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families

Annette Lareau
• *Collective Identity and the Burden of Acting White in Black History, Community and Education

John Ogbu
• *The Burden of Acting White: Cultural Conflict Among Asian-American Students

Jamie Lew
• *Seeking Equity in the Education of California’s English Learners

Russell W. Rumberger and Patricia Gandera
• *Gender Inequalities in the Transition to College

Claudia Buchman

Part 6: Educational Reform and Policy

• *Refusing the Leave Desegregation Behind: From Graduates of Racially Diverse Schools to the Supreme Court

Amy Stuart Wells, Jacquelyn Duran and Terrenda White
• *The False Promises of School Choice in NCLB

Douglas Lauen
• *Our Impoverished View of Educational Reform

David C. Berliner

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