A Discipline Divided

A Discipline Divided : Sociology in American High Schools

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Bringing together literature on the sociology of sociology and research on the teaching of sociology,A Discipline Divided applies these insights to high school sociology courses from 1911-2001. Michael DeCesare explores how, on one hand, teachers have consistently taught social problems with an eye toward developing good citizens, while on the other hand, sociologists have pushed for scientific sociology in the high school classroom.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 164 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739117319
  • 9780739117316

About Michael DeCesare

Michael DeCesare is assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Northridge.
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Review quote

This is a book that will fill a void in the understanding of the history and current status of high school sociology. Using different methodological styles allows for a deeper understanding of the issue. It is presented in a very well-written and easy to follow style. -- Janice Rienerth, Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University DeCesare's research contributes to understanding the status of sociology in American high schools in two important ways. First, it unearths the sociology profession's repeated concern throughout the 20th century with the teaching of high school sociology, thus overcoming our own professional amnesia. Second, he initiates an important bridging between the sociology of sociology and that of teaching and learning which should spark additional research. -- Jeffrey Lashbrook, Professor of Sociology, SUNY Brockport This work will absolutely be a significant contribution to the field. This will be an invaluable resource for scholars interested in the topic. -- Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Head, Department of Social Sciences, Robert Morris University
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Sociological Context of Pedagogical Practices Chapter 2 Teachers' Two Pillars: Social Problems and Citizenship Education Chapter 3 The Emergence of the "Prejudice Reduction Course" Chapter 4 Fifty Years of Confusion Chapter 5 Consensus: Sociology as a "Science of Human Behavior" Chapter 6 The Future of High School Sociology
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