Schools and Society : A Sociological Approach to Education

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/4/2011
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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A comprehensive, theoretically balanced overview of the sociology of education that features a wealth of original readings by noted scholars Offering a wide array of theoretical perspectives and methods, a broad range of resources, and both classic and contemporary studies, this fully updated Fourth Edition uses the open systems approach to provide readers with a framework for understanding and analyzing the book#xE2;#xAC;"s disparate topics. Edited by Jeanne H. Ballantine and Joan Z. Spade, both of whom actively teach Sociology of Education courses, this text includes dozens of readable articles that illustrate major concepts and theoretical perspectives in the field. New to the Fourth Edition: + Twenty-four new articles by early and contemporary noted scholars have been added. + Six articles have been revised and updated to reflect new perspectives and research. + A new chapter on the research methods used to study education connects the methodological design to particular readings. Features: + Classic and contemporary readings are drawn from a wide range of sources, including books, journals, scientific studies and reports, and commentaries. + Introductions to each chapter provide a holistic view of the field and demonstrate the interrelationships between the various issues in education. + Remarks and questions precede each article to guide students and to demonstrate the article#xE2;#xAC;"s connection to other readings. + Conclusions to each part include suggested projects for continued exploration.

Table of Contents

What is Sociology of Education? Theoretical Perspectives
Getting Started
Moral Education
The School Class as a Social System
Schooling in Capitalist Societies
Conflict Theory of Educational Stratification
On Understanding the Processes of Schooling
Studying Schools
Small Class Size and Its Effects
Moments of Social Inclusion and Exclusion
How to Avoid Statistical Traps
Schooling in a Social Context
The Structure of Educational Organizations
No Child Left Behind--and Beyond
Exit Exams Harm Students Who Fail Them ‚«Ű and Don‚«÷t Benefit Students who Pass Them
School Finance
Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap
The First and Second Digital Divides
Schools as Organizations
How Schools Work
Organizing Schools for Improvement
School Boards in America
Learning the Student Role
Real School
Why Public Schools Need Democratic Governance
Roles and Responsibilities
School Principal
The Status of Teaching as a Profession
Teacher Burnout in Light of School Safety, Student Misbehavior, and Changing Accountability Standards
Teacher Influences on Students‚«÷ Attachment to School
After the Bell
Low-Level Violence
The Dropout Problem
What We Teach in Schools
Romeo and Juliet Were Just Good Friends
America in World War II
Facts or Critical Thinking Skills? What the Naep Results Say
Who Gets Ahead? Race, Class and Gender in Education
Tracking in Mathematics and Science
‚«£Tuck in That Shirt!‚«† Race, Class, Gender and Discipline in an Urban School
‚«£Rednecks‚«† and ‚«£Rutters‚«† and ‚«†Rithmetic
How Race and Education Are Related
Gender and Education
Education and Opportunity
Lessons Forgotten
Learning Through Experience
Charter Schools and the Public Good
Organizing for Success
The Achievement Gap
Can Schooling Contribute to a More Just Society?
Higher Education
The Stratification of the Academy
Changes in the Status and Functions of Women‚«÷s Colleges Over Time
The Community College
Crossing the Finish Line
Achievement Among Disadvantaged Children of Immigrants
Bologna Beyond 2010
Globalization and Education
Research on Globalization and Education
The Global Environment of National School Systems
Education and Social Stratification Processes in Comparative Perspective
Inexcusable Absence
Educating All Children
Can Schools Change? Educational Reform and Change
The Perennial Reform: Fixing School Time
Wider Contexts and Future Issues: National Standards and School Reform in Japan and the United States
Progressive Social Movements and Educational Equity
Deschooling Society
Concluding Remarks
Appendix: Web Resources for Continued Exploration of the Topics in This Book
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