School and Society

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-31
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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Using realistic case studies, dialogues, and open-ended questions, the Fifth Edition tackles such crucial questions as: Do schools socialize students to become productive workers? - Does schooling reproduce social class and pass on ethnic and gender biases? - Can a teacher avoid passing on dominant social and cultural values? - What besides subjects do students really learn in schools?

Author Biography

Walter Feinberg is Professor of Educational Policy Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jonas F. Soltis is William Heard Kilpatrick Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Relation of School to Societyp. 1
What This Book is Aboutp. 3
Factory Prepp. 3
An Imaginary Societyp. 4
Three Schools of Thoughtp. 6
The Form of the Bookp. 8
Schooling as Socialization and Progressp. 11
The Functionalist Perspective on Schoolingp. 13
Functionalismp. 13
Equality of Educational Opportunityp. 18
Educational Reform: Three Casesp. 19
Assimilation, Political Socialization, and Modernizationp. 22
For Further Inquiryp. 26
Functional Theory, Policy, and Problemsp. 27
Historical Impediments and Compensatory Educationp. 28
Intellectual and Cultural Impedimentsp. 29
Povertyp. 32
Problems with Functionalismp. 34
For Further Inquiryp. 38
Schooling as Legitimation and Reproductionp. 39
Marxist Theory and Educationp. 41
Conflict Theory and Functionalismp. 41
Marxist Theoryp. 44
Class Consciousness, False Consciousness, and Hegemonyp. 47
Marxism, Neo-Marxism, and Educationp. 50
A Neo-Marxist Interpretation of Schooling in Capitalist Societyp. 53
For Further Inquiryp. 55
The Hidden Curriculum Revisitedp. 57
A Theory of Cultural Reproductionp. 60
Student Subculture and the Working Classp. 62
Puzzles, Problems, and Prospectsp. 66
Foucault and the Post Modern Move Beyond Marxismp. 68
Feminism as a Form of Conflict Theoryp. 71
For Further Inquiryp. 75
Interpretation and the Social Function of Schoolingp. 77
The Interpretivist Point of Viewp. 79
An Argument for the Interpretivist Point of Viewp. 82
The Active Quality of Mindp. 84
The Role of Interpretation in Social Sciencep. 85
Interpretive Scholarship in Educationp. 91
For Further Inquiryp. 94
Meaning and Messages; Schooling and Socializationp. 96
Hermeneutics and Interpretationp. 100
Interpretation and Socializationp. 102
Interpretation, Socialization, and Legitimationp. 104
Objections to the Interpretivist Approachp. 107
What Is at Stake?p. 108
Cases and Disputesp. 111
Cases and Disputesp. 113
Student Governmentp. 115
The Roots of School Failurep. 116
The Hidden Curriculump. 118
National Reports on Educationp. 119
The Geography Lessonp. 120
Resource Allocationp. 121
College or Workforce?p. 123
Individual Differences and Equal Opportunityp. 125
Social Reproductionp. 126
Equal but Separatep. 128
Education for Workp. 129
Workforce Schoolp. 130
Class Bias?p. 131
Social Studiesp. 132
Interpretation and Ethical Relativismp. 133
The New Studentp. 134
Mainstream or Not?p. 135
Social Conditioning and Freedomp. 136
Interpretation and Epistemic Relativismp. 138
A Third World School Systemp. 139
The Curriculump. 140
Notesp. 143
Additional Resourcesp. 147
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