Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education

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Jeanne H. Ballantine, Joan Z. Spade
Pine Forge Press, 2008 - Social Science - 554 pages
A comprehensive overview using an open systems approach

Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education, Third Edition, now published by Pine Forge Press, features original readings and article excerpts by leaders in the area of Sociology of Education. With a wide array of theoretical perspectives, a broad range of respected sources, and inclusion of both classic and contemporary studies, this comprehensive, integrated text addresses key issues in the field with a balanced presentation. Edited by Jeanne H. Ballantine and Joan Z. Spade, both of whom actively teach Sociology of Education courses, this text continues to offer theory, methods, and classical and current issues organized around the theme of the open systems approach to make both the pedagogy and presentation of material coherent for students. Thus, the book is not just a collection of articles but a presentation of a holistic view of educational systems.

New to the Third Edition
  • 32 new readings, 2 readings revised for this edition, and 19 articles previously included, all by early and contemporary noted scholars
  • Expanded text introductions to each chapter provide a holistic view of the field
  • Part introductions outline key issues in a given area of the field and explain the contributions made by the selections that follow
  • Introductory questions to consider when reading each article encourage students to engage in critical thinking
  • Conclusions to each part feature suggested projects for continued exploration of the topic
Instructor Resources on CD are available to qualified instructors by contacting info@sagepub.com. These include class exercises, suggestions for videos, and other teaching tips.

Intended Audience
Used either alone or as a supplement, this integrated overview of Sociology of Education is geared toward upper-level undergraduate courses in Sociology of Education, Foundations of Education, Social Contexts of Education or related courses in departments of sociology and education.

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Contents

WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION? THEORIES AND METHODS
1
Contemporary Perspectives in the Sociology of Education
20
Moral Education
29
Schooling in Capitalist Societies
41
How to Avoid Statistical Traps
62
SCHOOL ORGANIZATION AND ROLES
69
The School Class as a Social System
80
Small Class Size and Its Effects
86
SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND SCHOOLS
267
Courses and Course Selection Procedures
286
Race Class and Cultural Capital
306
Gender and Education
328
The CourtsRole
343
Charter Schools and the Public Good
363
HIGHER EDUCATION
379
The Impact Origin and Future
399

School Reform and Teacher Burnout
119
The Universal Drama Amid Disparate Experience
137
Identity Culture and School
151
Losing Ground
173
Romeo and Juliet Were Just Good Friends
191
Facts or Critical Thinking Skills? What the NAEP Results Say
208
Exploring the Link Between
226
The Federal Government Gets Serious About Accountability
245
Changes in the Status and Functions of Womens Colleges Over Time
424
EDUCATION IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT
441
An Institutionalist Perspective
454
The Case for Universal Basic Education for the Worlds Poorest Boys and Girls
481
National Standards
510
Deschooling Society
529
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Jeanne Ballantine received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1971. She is coauthor of OUR SOCIAL WORLD (Sage/Pine Forge, 2nd ed., 2009), THE SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 6th ed., 2009), SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY (Sage/Pine Forge 3rd ed. 2008) and many other books, articles, and papers. She is currently a university professor (Emerita) in the Sociology Department at Wright State University in Ohio.

Joan Z. Spade is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the State University of New York College at Brockport. She received her Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo and her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo. In addition to gender, Joan teaches courses on education, family, research methods, and statistics. She has published articles on gender, including rape and orientations toward paid work, as well as education. She also has co-edited two books in education. Joan is active in Sociologists for Women in Society, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the American Sociological Association.

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