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Sociology of Education : A Critical Reader

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This comprehensive and bestselling reader examines the most pressing topics in sociology and education while exposing students to examples of sociological research in schools. Drawing from classic and contemporary scholarship, noted sociologist Alan R. Sadovnik with Ryan W. Coughlan have chosen readings that examine current issues and reflect diverse theoretical approaches to studying the effects of schooling and society. The third edition provides students with nine new readings from some of the best theorists and researchers in education including Sean F. Reardon, Ann Owens, Prudence L. Carter, and Pedro A. Noguera. Through full, rather than excerpted primary source readings, students have the opportunity to read sociological research as it is written and engage in critical analyses of readings in their entirety. This edition features a greater focus on issues of equality and accessibility in schooling for minority students and those with learning disabilities, while an all-new Part IV offers a selection of articles on the shifting social and political factors which have influenced the development of education policy and reform within the last six years. Including comprehensive section introductions, questions for reflection and discussion, and suggested readings, Sociology of Education will stimulate student thinking about the important roles that schools play in contemporary society and their ability to solve fundamental social, economic, and political problems.
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  • Paperback | 502 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 27.94mm | 930g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 28 Tables, black and white; 18 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138843008
  • 9781138843004
  • 814,098

Table of contents

Acknowledgments





Introduction





Suggested Readings





Part I. Theory and Method in the Sociology of Education





1. Theory and Research in the Sociology of Education


Alan R. Sadovnik


2. On Education and Society


Emile Durkheim





3. Functional and Conflict Theories of Educational Stratification


Randall Collins





4. Broken Promises: School Reform in Retrospect


Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis





5. On Understanding the Processes of Schooling: The Contributions of Labeling Theory


Ray C. Rist





6. The Forms of Capital


Pierre Bourdieu





7. Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital


James S. Coleman





8. Class and Pedagogies: Visible and Invisible


Basil Bernstein





9. The Effects of Education as an Institution


John W. Meyer





Part I Suggested Readings





Part II. School Organizations and Processes: Elementary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary Education





10. The Organizational Context of Teaching and Learning: Changing Theoretical Perspectives


Adam Gamoran, Walter G. Secada, and Cora B. Marrett





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11. Is There Really a Teacher Shortage?


Richard Ingersoll





12. Tracking: From Theory to Practice


Maureen T. Hallinan


More than Misplaced Technology: A Normative Political Response to Hallinan on Tracking


Jeannie Oakes





13. College-for-All: Do Students Understand What College Demands?


James E. Rosenbaum





14. New Evidence on College Remediation


Paul A. Attewell, David E. Lavin, Thurston Domina, and Tania Levey





15. Whose Markets, Whose Knowledge?


Michael W. Apple





Part II Suggested Readings





Part III. Education, Identity, and Inequality





16. Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families


Annette Lareau





17. "Black" Cultural Capital, Status Positioning, and Schooling Conflicts for Low-Income African American Youth


Prudence L. Carter





18. Behind the Model-Minority Stereotype: Voices of High- and Low-Achieving Asian American Students


Stacey J. Lee





19. Seeking Equity in the Education of California's English Learners


Russell W. Rumberger and Patricia Gandara





20. The Trouble with Black Boys: The Role and Influence of Environmental and Cultural Factors on the Academic Performance of African American Males


Pedro A. Noguera





21. Sociological Understandings of Contemporary Gender Transformations in Schooling in the UK


Madeleine Arnot





22. Eliminating Ableism in Education


Thomas Hehir





Part III Suggested Readings





Part IV. Educational Reform and Policy





23. 60 Years After Brown: Trends and Consequences of School Segregration


Sean F. Reardon and Ann Owens





24. The Radical Restructuring of the State and the Dissolution of the American Economy


Michael Fabricant and Michelle Fine





25. Promise and Peril: Charter School, Urban School Reform, and the Obama Administration


Charles Payne and Tim Knowles





26. Effects of Inequality and Poverty vs. Teachers and Schooling on America's Youth


David C. Berliner





Part IV Suggested Readings





Permissions





Index
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Praise for Previous Editions:


"Sociology of Education is a fabulous reader. Sadovnik lays out the field in a concise but nuanced way. Students are much better served by having experience with full arguments and being able to see setups, methods, and other parts that excerpted works often cut." --Marcus Weaver-Hightower, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations and Research, University of North Dakota





"Sociology of Education offers the student a concise portrayal of sociological theory and methods and an understanding that sociology is not limited to a single level of focus, such as on individuals, collectivities, or societies. Further, this textbook possesses a hallmark of quality textbooks in sociology---a capacity to weave diverse theories together."--A. Gary Dworkin, Professor of Sociology, University of Houston
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About Alan R. Sadovnik

Alan R. Sadovnik is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Education, Sociology, and Public Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.


Ryan W. Coughlan is a Presidential Fellow and doctoral candidate in Urban Systems at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey.
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