Exploring Socio-Cultural Themes in Education

Exploring Socio-Cultural Themes in Education : Readings in Social Foundations

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Appropriate for courses in social foundations of education or school and society courses.This text presents a unique opportunity to read many original source materials written by authors representing divergent points of view and a broad historical spectrum in the field of education. The author develops a personal philosophical perspective on the work of teaching; the function of schools in our society; and the relationships between education and productivity. It also provides exceptional coverage of community and the changing social, cultural, linguistic, and ethnic landscape of our society and its impact on schools, children, and teaching. Unlike most introductions to the profession, the issues raised in this book bring students face-to-face with themselves and with the challenging dilemmas they will confront as teachers. While subject matter knowledge and classroom management skills certainly are important to effective teaching, teachers must ultimately be responsive to students.show more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 190.5 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 635.03g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130164542
  • 9780130164544

Table of contents

I. EDUCATION AS CULTURAL TRANSMISSION. The Transmission of Culture by George Spindler. American Cultural Values by Conrad M. Arensberg and Arthur H. Niehoff. Study Questions. II. SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND EDUCATION. Education: Its Nature and Its Role by Emile Durkheim. Theories of Schooling and Society: The Functional and Conflict Paradigms by Christopher Hurn. Study Questions. III. SOCIALIZATION AND PROGRESS. The School and Social Progress by John Dewey. The Contribution of Schooling to the Learning of Norms: Independence, Achievement, Universalism, and Specificity by Robert Dreeben. On Becoming a Reflective Teacher by Carl A. Grant and Kenneth M. Zeichner. Study Questions. IV. LEGITIMATION AND REPRODUCTION. Unequal Education and the Reproduction of the Social Division of Labor by Samuel Bowles. Social Class and School Knowledge by Jean Anyon. Becoming Clerical Workers: Business Education and the Culture of Femininity by Linda Valli. Study Questions. V. SCHOOL LIFE. Student Social Class and Teacher Expectations: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Ghetto Education by Ray Rist. Education in a Multicultural Society: Our Future's Greatest Challenge by Lisa Delpit. Study Questions. VI. EDUCATION AND SOCIETAL INEQUALITY: RACE, GENDER, CLASS, AND ETHNICITY. Equality of Educational Opportunity by Joel Spring. Multicultural Education: Historical Development, Dimensions, and Practice by James A. Banks. Schools and the Struggle for Democracy: Themes for School Finance Policy by James Gordon Ward. Study Questions. VII. TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATORS. Inside the Classroom: Social Vision and Critical Pedagogy by William Bigelow. Possible Lives by Mike Rose. Seeing Color, Seeing Culture by Gloria Ladson-Billings. Study Questions. Practicum Experiences: Suggested Guidelines for Students and Instructors. Field Experiences: Suggested Guidelines for Students and Instructors. Suggested Readings. Index.show more

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