Schools and Society : A Sociological Approach to Education

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2007-12-13
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A comprehensive overview using an open systems approach Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education, Third Edition , now published by Pine Forge Press, features original readings and article excerpts by leaders in the area of Sociology of Education. With a wide array of theoretical perspectives, a broad range of respected sources, and inclusion of both classic and contemporary studies, this comprehensive, integrated text addresses key issues in the field with a balanced presentation. Edited by Jeanne H. Ballantine and Joan Z. Spade, both of whom actively teach Sociology of Education courses, this text continues to offer theory, methods, and classical and current issues organized around the theme of the open systems approach to make both the pedagogy and presentation of material coherent for students. Thus, the book is not just a collection of articles but a presentation of a holistic view of educational systems. New to the Third Edition 32 new readings, 2 readings revised for this edition, and 19 articles previously included, all by early and contemporary noted scholars Expanded text introductions to each chapter provide a holistic view of the field Part introductions outline key issues in a given area of the field and explain the contributions made by the selections that follow Introductory questions to consider when reading each article encourage students to engage in critical thinking Conclusions to each part feature suggested projects for continued exploration of the topic Instructors' Resources on CD-ROM are available to qualified instructors by contacting info@sagepub.com. These include class exercises, suggestions for videos, and other teaching tips. Intended Audience Used either alone or as a supplement, this integrated overview of Sociology of Education is geared toward upper-level undergraduate courses in Sociology of Education, Foundations of Education, Social Contexts of Education or related courses in departments of sociology and education.

Table of Contents

What Is Sociology of Education? Theory and Methods
Getting Started: Understanding Education Through Sociological Theory
Contemporary Perspectives in the Sociology of Education
Moral Education
Conflict Theory of Educational Stratification
Schooling in Capitalist Societies
Bridges to the Future: Contributions of Qualitative Research to the Sociology of Education
How to Avoid Statistical Traps
School Organization and Roles
How Schools Work
The School Class as a Social System
Small Class Size and Its Effects
Forms of Capital and the Construction of Leadership: Instructional Leadership in Urban Elementary Schools
The Status of Teaching as a Profession
School Reform and Teacher Burnout
Students and the Informal System
Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp
Real School: A Universal Drama Among Disparate Experience
Straddling Boundaries: Identity, Culture, and School
Low-Level Violence: A Neglected Aspect of School Culture
The Dropout Problem: Losing Ground
Social Construction of Knowledge
The New Sociology of Knowledge
Romeo and Juliet Were Just Good Friends
America in World War II: An Analysis of History Textbooks from England, Japan, Sweden, and the United States
Facts or Critical Thinking Skills? What the NAEP Results Say
Schooling in Social Context: Educational Environments
The Structure of Educational Organizations
Marital Transitions, Parenting, and Schooling: Exploring the Link Between Family-Structure History and Adolescents' Academic Status
Adolescents' Extracurricular Participation in Context: The Mediating Effects of Schools, Communities, and Identity
No Child Left Behind: The Federal Government Gets Serious About Accountability
Disparities Within: Unequal Spending and Achievement in an Urban School District
Social Stratification and Schools
Schools: The Great Equalizer and the Key to the American Dream
Tracking in Mathematics and Science: Courses and Course Selection Procedures
How Race and Education are Related
Moments of Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Race, Class, and Cultural Capital in Family-School Relationships
"Tuck in that shirt!" Race, Class, Gender, and Discipline in an Urban School
Gender and Education
Efforts Toward Equality and Equity in Education
The Segregation and Resegregation of American Public Education: The Courts' Role
Learning Through Experience: What Graduates Gained by Attending Desegregated High Schools
Charter Schools and the Public Good
The Achievement Gap: A Broader Picture
Early Childhood Education and Care in Advanced Industrialized Countries: Current Policy and Program Trends
Higher Education
The Stratification of the Academy
The Battle Over Merit
The Community College: The Impact, Origin, and Future of a Contradictory Institution
Blacks in College: Past and Present
Changes in the Status and Functions of Women's Colleges Over Time
Reshaping the University in an Era of Globalization
Education in an International Context
The Global Environment of National School Systems
The Content of the Curriculum: An Institutional Perspective
Education and Social Stratification Processes in Comparative Perspective
The Case for Universal Basic Education for the World's Poorest Boys and Girls
What Does Globalization Mean for Educational Change? A Comparative Approach
Educational Reform and Change
Tinkering Toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform
Wider Contexts and Future Issues: National Standards and School Reform in Japan and the United States
Radical Possibilities: Putting Education at the Center
Deschooling Society
Concluding Remarks
Appendix: Web Resources for Continued Exploration of the Topics in This Book
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