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Schools and Society A Sociological Approach to Education

ISBN-10: 141295052X
ISBN-13: 9781412950527
Edition: 3rd 2008
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Book details

List price: $67.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Publication date: 12/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Including balanced and valuable combination of readings from classics, contemporary hot-button issues, famous authors in the field, and solicited overview articles from colleagues, Schools and Society, Third Edition provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to the Sociology of Education. By organizing the book around a theme (the open systems approach), articles are integrated to give a holistic view of educational systems. The articles are tied together by introductions to each part in the system. Key Features : Presents material thoroughly from beginning to end : Each part includes an introduction that describes issues in that area of the field; explains the contributions made by the selections; contains an introduction to each article and questions to consider when reading the article to encourage critical thinking; and concludes with Projects for Continued Exploration of the Topic. Threads the Open Systems Approach throughout the book : Parts and individual readings are integrated by using introductions that explain each reading's relationship to the theme of the book, the Open Systems Approach, making the subject matter coherent for students. Education is seen not as a disparate group of topics but as a coherent whole. Includes articles that have been selected based on essential criteria : The articles illustrate a broad range of theoretical perspectives, major concepts, and current issues; provide a level of reading and sophistication appropriate to upper-level students; cover a wide range of respected sources; and include both classic and contemporary sociologists' work in order to provide an excellent balance. Intended Audience : Schools and Society, Third Edition is geared toward upper-level undergraduate courses in Sociology of Education, Foundations of Education, Social Contexts of Education or related courses taught in Sociology or Education departments. This book is a text/reader that can supplement a core text in the Sociology of Education, o

Jeanne H. Ballantine is professor of sociology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She received an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from Indiana University, with a specialty in sociology of education. She has been teaching and writing for more than 30 years and has written or coauthored several texts, including Sociology of Education: A Systematic Analysis, Teaching Sociology of Education, Sociological Footprints, and Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology. She has also published in other areas, including gender and teaching of sociology, and has been an active member of sociology of education organizations, including the ASA Section on Sociology of Education, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee on Sociology of Education. She has won numerous awards, including the ASA Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award.

Joan Z. Spade is professor emerita of sociology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, in Brockport, New York. She received her PhD from the University of Buffalo. She has been teaching and writing in the field for more than 30 years: highlights include a semester teaching in Budapest, Hungary, as a Fulbright Scholar, and authoring articles on rape culture, meaning of work in men's and women's lives,nbsp; gender and family, and gender in education. She is a coauthor of Schools and Society:nbsp; A Sociological Approach to Education, coeditor of Implementing Educational Reform: Sociological Perspectives on Educational Policy, and coauthor of articles in sociol�ogy of education on stratification and grouping practices in education. Currently she is researching academic governance in higher educa�tion. She is a member of the ASA, the Eastern Sociological Society, and Sociologists for Women in Society.

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
Index

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