Sociology and Education: Issues in Sociology of Education

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Education - 310 pages
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Sociology and Education is a sound introduction to sociology of education. The book examines the respective logics behind the contemporary sociological approaches to education, their assumptions and their limits. It clarifies the links between psychology of cognitive development, micro-sociology and macro-sociology, as well as the role ascribed to human reason in social action. Special attention is given to major scientific discussions and empirical findings regarding inequality of educational opportunity.
Rooted in both American and European sociology, the book helps the reader grasp the viewpoint of the different theoretical approaches to formal education and thus to envisage new perspectives.
 

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Contents

The psychogenesis of cognitive development
3
The sociogenesis of cognitive development
17
Cognitive development and formal education
27
Karl Marx
45
Emile Durkheim
51
George H Mead
59
Talcott Parsons
67
Alfred Schutz
73
The symbolicexpressive level
155
Social philosophy knowledge and education
169
Naturalism social Utopia and education
177
Lester F Ward and democracy
185
The problems of democratization of culture
193
The dynamics of change in educational systems
203
Conflict theories
211
Educational systems and occupational systems
243

Raymond Boudon
81
Structuralism and education
97
The logicalcognitive level
107
HI The symbolicexpressive level
117
The individualinteractionist pole
125
The cognitivelogical level
145
Impact of social variables on academic achievement
261
Impact of institutional variables
283
Institutional construction of academic identity
291
References
297
Index
307
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The Author: Nathalie Bulle is Researcher in the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) with the Methods of Sociological Analysis Research Group (GEMAS), Paris. She is the author of La rationalit des d cisions scolaires (1999), Ecole et Soci t - Les paradoxes de la d mocratie (2001, ed. with R. Boudon et M. Cherkaoui) and L' cole et son double. Essai sur l' volution p dagogique en France (to be published).

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