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Schools and Society
A Sociological Approach to Education

Sixth Edition
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November 2017 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This comprehensive anthology features classical readings on the sociology of education, as well as current, original essays by notable contemporary scholars. Assigned as a main text or a supplement, this fully updated Sixth Edition uses the open systems approach to provide readers with a framework for understanding and analyzing the book’s range of topics. Jeanne H. Ballantine, Joan Z. Spade, and new co-editor Jenny M. Stuber, all experienced researchers and instructors in this subject, have chosen articles that are highly readable, and that represent the field’s major theoretical perspectives, methods, and issues.

The Sixth Edition includes twenty new selections and five revisions of original readings and features new perspectives on some of the most contested issues in the field today, such as school funding, gender issues in schools, parent and neighborhood influences on learning, growing inequality in schools, and charter schools. 

 
Chapter 1: What Is Sociology of Education? Theoretical Perspectives
Reading 1. Sociology of Education: A Unique Perspective for Understanding Schools Jeanne H. Ballantine and Flloyd M. Hammack
Reading 2. Getting Started: Understanding Education Through Sociological Theory Jeanne H. Ballantine and Joan
Reading 3. Moral Education Emily Durkheim
Reading 4. Conflict Theory of Educational Stratification Randall Collins
Reading 5. Social Reproduction David Swartz
Reading 6. On Understanding the Process of Schooling: The Contributions of Labeling Theory Ray C. Rist
 
Chapter 2: Studying Schools: Research Methods in Education
Reading 7. Chilly Classrooms for Female Undergraduate Students: A Question of Method? Elizabeth J. Allan and Mary Madden
Reading 8. Small Class Size and Its Effects Bruce J. Biddle and David C. Berliner
Reading 9. How to Avoid Statistical Traps Gerald W. Bracey
 
Chapter 3: Schooling in a Social Context: Educational Environments
Reading 10. The Structure of Educational Organizations John. W. Meyer and Brian Rowan
Reading 11. A Broader and Bolder Approach Uses Education to Break the Cycle of Poverty Pedro A. Noguera
Reading 12. Good Schools, Rich Schools; Bad Schools, Poor Schools: Why America's Public Schools are so Unequal Alana Semuels
Reading 13. Coached for the Classroom: Parents' Cultural Transmission and Children's Reproduction of Educational Inequalities Jessica McCrory Calarco
 
Chapter 4: Schools as Organizations: Formal and Informal Education
Reading 14. How Schools Work Rebecca Barra and Robert Dreeben
Reading 15. Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp Harry L. Gracey
Reading 16. Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools Karin A. Martin
Reading 17. "Why Can't We Learn About This?": Sexual Minority Students Navigate the Official and Hidden Curricular Spaces of High School Ingrid E. Castro and Mark Conor Sujak
Reading 18. Academic Learning + Socioemotional Learning=National Priority Roger P. Weissberg and Jason Cascarino
 
Chapter 5: Roles and Responsibilities: Administrators, Teachers, and Students
Reading 19. School Boards: Why American Education Needs Them Anne L. Bryant
Reading 20. School Principal: Complications and Complexities Dan C. Lortie
Reading 21. The Status of Teaching as a Profession Richard M. Ingersoll and Gregory Collins
Reading 22. Perils and Promises: Middle-Class Parental Involvement in Urban Schools Maria Bloomfield Cucchiara and Erin McNamara Horvat
Reading 23. Make Students Part of the Solution, Not the Problem Trevor Gardner
 
Chapter 6: What We Teach in Schools: Knowledge for What and for Whom?
Reading 24. Monuments Between Covers: The Politics of Textbooks David Tyack
Reading 25. The Changing Face of War in Textbooks: Depictions of World War II and Vietnam, 1970-2009 Richard Lachmann and Lacy Mitchell
Reading 26. Facts or Critical Thinking Skills? What NAEP Results Say Harold Wenglinsky
 
Chapter 7: Who Gets Ahead? Race, Class, and Gender in Education
Reading 27. Growing Income Inequality Threatens American Education Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane
Reading 28. The Rules of the Game and the Uncertain Transmission of Advantage: Middle-class Parents' Search for an Urban Kindergarten Annetee Lareau, Shani Adia Evans, and April Yee
Reading 29. The Geography of Inequality: Why Separate Means Unequal in American Public Schools John R. Logan, Elisabeta Mica, and Sinem Adar
Reading 30. Explaining Racial Variations in Education Caroline Hodges Persell
Reading 31. "Rednecks," "Rutters," and "Rithmetic": Social Class, Masculinity, and Schooling in a Rural Context Edward W. Morris
Reading 32. Gender and Education Roslyn Arlin Michelson
 
Chapter 8: Education and Opportunity: Attempts at Equality and Equity in Education
Reading 33. Lessons Forgotten Gary Orfield
Reading 34. Only Here for a Day: Social Integration of Minority Students at a Majority White High School Megan M. Holland
Reading 35. The Challenge of Diverse Public Schools Toby L. Parcel, Joshua A. Hedrix, and Andrew J. Taylor
Reading 36. Charter Schools and the Risk of Increased Segregation Iris C. Roterg
Reading 37. High Stakes Testing Hasn't Brought Education Gains Judith Browne Dianis, John H. Jackson, and Pedro Noguera
Reading 38. Organizing for Success: From Inequality to Quality Linda Darling-Hammond
 
Chapter 9: Higher Education
Reading 39. The Unintended Decentering of Teaching and Learning Gaye Tuchman
Reading 40. Beyond the One-Size-Fits All College Degree James Rosenbaum, Kenna Cepa, and Janet Rosenbaum
Reading 41. The Not-So-Pink Ivory Tower Ann Mullen
Reading 42. At the Activities Fair: How Class and Culture Matter for Becoming Involved in College Jenny Stuber
Reading 43. Friends with Academic Benefits Janice McCabe
 
Chapter 10: Globalization and Education: Comparing Global Systems
Reading 44. A Global Compact on Learning: Taking Action on Education in Developing Countries Brookings Institution
Reading 45. Inexcusable Absence: Who Are the Out-of-School Girls - and What Can Be Done to Get Them in School? Maureen A. Lewis and Marlaine E. Lockheed
Reading 46. Globalization and the Growth of International Educational Testing and Assessment David H. Kamens and Connie L. McNeely
Reading 47. Too Many Children Left Behind: The U.S. Achievement Gap in Comparative Perspective Bruce Bradbury, Miles Corak, Jane Waldfogel, and Elizabeth Washbrook
 
Chapter 11: Can Schools Change? Educational Reform and Change
Reading 48. Deschooling Society Ivan Illich
Reading 49. How Schools Really Matter Douglass B. Downey and Benjamin G. Gibbs
Reading 50. Can Schooling Contribute to a More Just Society? Michael W. Apple
Reading 51. The Paradox of Success at a No-Excuses School Joanne W. Golann

“The readings included in Ballantine, Spade, and Stuber’s reader are challenging yet informative, and they cover a broad spectrum of educational issues appropriate for an upper-level undergraduate Sociology of Education course. The introductions to each section do a nice job of summarizing what is to follow in the articles and explain clearly how the articles tie together.”

Lee Millar Bidwell
Longwood University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • New readings in the Sixth Edition:
  • Moral Education by Emile Durkheim
  • Social Reproduction by David Swartz
  • Good Schools, Rich Schools; Bad Schools, Poor Schools: why America’s Public Schools are so Unequal by Alana Semuels
  • Coached for the Classroom: Parents’ Cultural Transmission and Children’s Reproduction of Educational Inequalities by Jessica McCrory Calarco
  • Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools by Karin A. Martin
  • Why Can’t We Learn About This? Sexual Minority Students Navigate the Official and Hidden Curricular Spaces of High School by Ingrid E. Castro and Mark Conor Sujak
  • Academic Learning and Social-Emotional Learning=National Priority by Roger P. Weissberg and Jason Cascarino
  • School Boards: Why American Education Needs Them by Michael A. Resnick and Anne L. Bryant
  • Perils and Promises: Middle-class Parental Involvement in Urban Schools by Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara and Erin McNamara Horvat
  • Make Students Part of the Solution by Trevor Gardner
  • The Changing Face of War in Textbooks: Depictions of World War II and Vietnam, 1970-2009 by Richard Lachmann and Lacy Mitchell
  • Growing Income Inequality Threatens American Education by Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane
  • The Rules of the Game and the Uncertain Transmission of Advantage: Middle-class Parents’ Search for an Urban Kindergarten by Annette Lareau, Shani Adia Evans, and April Yee
  • The Challenge of Diverse Public Schools by Toby L. Parcel, Joshua A. Hedrix, and Andrew J. Taylor
  • Charter Schools and the Risk of Increased Segregation by Iris C. Roterg
  • High Stakes Testing Hasn’t Brought Education Gains by Judith Browne Dianis, John H. Jackson, and Pedro Noguera
  • Beyond the One-Size-Fits-All College Degree by James Rosenbaum, Kenna Cepa, and Janet Rosenbaum
  • The Not-So-Pink Ivory Tower by Ann Mullen
  • At the Activities Fair: How Class and Culture Matter for Becoming Involved in College by Jenny Stuber
  • Friends with Academic Benefits by Janice McCabe
  • A Global Compact on Learning: Taking Action on Education in Developing Countries by Brookings Institution
  • Too Many Children Left Behind: The U.S. Achievement Gap in Comparative Perspective by Bruce Bradbury, et al.
  • The Paradox of Success at a No-Excuses School by Joanne W. Golann

KEY FEATURES:

  • Classic and contemporary readings are drawn from a wide range of sources, including books, journals, scientific studies and reports, and commentaries.
  • Introductions to each chapter provide a holistic view of the field and demonstrate the interrelationships between the various issues in education.
  • An introduction and questions precede each article to guide students and to demonstrate the article’s connection to other readings.
  • Updated current event readings and statistics throughout.
  • Suggested projects for continued exploration are included in each chapter.



Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1- What is Sociology of Education?


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