The Structure of Schooling; Readings in the Sociology of Education

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-05-13
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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This second edition of The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education draws from classic and contemporary scholarship to examine current issues and diverse theoretical approaches to studying the effects of schooling on individuals and society. This engaging reader exposes students to examples of sociological research on schools with a focus on the school as community. It covers a wide range of issues, including the development and application of social and cultural capital; the effects of racial segregation and resource inequality on student outcomes; the effects of tracking; the role of gender, class, and race in structuring educational opportunity; the effects of schooling on life course outcomes; the significance of a school's institutional environment; and the sociology of school reform movements.

Table of Contents

Theoretical and Historical Perspectives
Status Attainment and Social Mobility
The "Rationalization" of Education and Training
Social and Cultural Mobility
Sponsored and Contest Mobility and the School System
Status Attainment Processes
Human Capital, Cultural Capital and Social Capital
Human Capital
Cultural Capital: Allusions, Gaps, and Glissandos in Recent Theoretical Developments
Schools, Families and Communities
Changing Theories of Education Systems
The First Element of Morality: The Spirit of Discipline
The School and the Community
Functional and Conflict Theories of Educational Stratification
Beyond the Educational Frontier: The Great American Dream Freeze
Discussion Questions
Stratification Within and Between Schools
School Cultures
The Chosen Ones
Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for School Reform
Racial Segregation and Resource Inequality
Equality of Educational Opportunity: The Coleman Report
The Effects of High Schools on Their Students
Brown at 50: King's Dream or Plessy's Nightmare?
The Nature of Schooling
Tracking: From Theory to Practice
Is Ability Grouping Equitable?
The Distribution of Knowledge
Discussion Questions
Class, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality
Persisting Barriers: Changes in Educational Opportunitites in Thirteen Countries
Elements of a Culture
Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families
Exceptions to the Rule: Upwardly Mobile White and Mexican American High School Girls
Race & Ethnicity
Black Students' School Success: Coping With the "Burden of 'Acting White'"
It's Not "a Black Thing": Understanding the Burden of Acting White and Other Dilemmas of High Achievement
Straddling Boundaries: Identity, Culture, and School
America's Next Achievement Test: Closing the Black-White Test Score Gap
Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities
Shades of White: White Kids and Racial Identity in High Schools
The New Second Generation: Segmented Assimilation and Its Variants
Gender & Sexuality
Boys and Girls Together... But Mostly Apart
Teaching and "Women's Work": A Comparative and Historical Analysis
Rewriting Race and Gender High School Lessons: Second-Generation Dominicans in New York City
"Dude, You're a Fag": Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse
Discussion Questions
Student Behavior and Adolescent Subcultures
The Adolescent Culture
Resistance as a Social Drama: A Study of Change-Oriented Encounters
Testing the Theory: Rampage - The Social Roots of School Shootings
Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus
College Life Through the Eyes of Students
Discussion Questions
The Organizational Environment
The Cultural and Institutional Environment
Do Employers Really Need More Educated Youth?
The Effects of Education as an Institution
Community Colleges and the American Social Order
An Institutional Perspective on Schools
Judging School Discipline: A Crisis of Moral Authority
Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites
Education Policy and School Reform
English-Only Triumphs, But the Costs Are High
Charter Schools and the Public Good
Contentious Curricula: Afrocentrism and Creationism in American Public Schools
Education Research That Matters: Influence, Scientific Rigor, and Policy Making
Discussion Questions
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