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Schools and Society

Schools and Society
A Sociological Approach to Education

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

April 2011 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A comprehensive, theoretically balanced overview of the sociology of education that features a wealth of original readings by noted scholars


Offering a wide array of theoretical perspectives and methods, a broad range of resources, and both classic and contemporary studies, this fully updated Fourth Edition uses the open systems approach to provide readers with a framework for understanding and analyzing the book’s disparate topics. Edited by Jeanne H. Ballantine and Joan Z. Spade, both of whom actively teach Sociology of Education courses, this text includes dozens of readable articles that illustrate major concepts and theoretical perspectives in the field.


New to the Fourth Edition:


· Twenty-four new articles by early and contemporary noted scholars have been added.

· Six articles have been revised and updated to reflect new perspectives and research.

· A new chapter on the research methods used to study education connects the methodological design to particular readings.




· 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.

· Remarks and questions precede each article to guide students and to demonstrate the article’s connection to other readings.

· Conclusions to each part include suggested projects for continued exploration.

1. Getting Started: Understanding Education Through Sociological Theory

Jeanne H. Ballantine and Joan Z. Spade
2. Moral Education

Emile Durkheim
3. The School Class as a Social System

Talcott Parsons
4. Schooling in Capitalist Societies

Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
5. Conflict Theory of Educational Stratification

Randall Collins
6. On Understanding the Processes of Schooling: The Contributions of Labeling Theory

Ray Rist
CHAPTER 2: Studying Schools: Research Methods in Education
7. Small Class Size and Its Effects

Bruce J. Biddle and David C. Berliner
8. Moments of Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Race, Class, and Cultural Capital in Family–School Relationships

Annette Lareau and Erin McNamara Horvat
9. How to Avoid Statistical Traps

Gerald W. Bracey
10. The Structure of Educational Organizations

John W. Meyer and Brian Rowan
11. No Child Left Behind--and Beyond: The Federal Government Gets Serious About Accountability

Kathryn M. Borman and Bridget A. Cotner
12. Exit Exams Harm Students Who Fail Them – and Don’t Benefit Students who Pass Them

John Robert Warren and Eric Grodsky
13. School Finance: Raising Questions for Urban Schools

Augustina H. Reyes and Gloria M. Rodriquez
14. Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap

Karl L. Alexander, Doris R. Entwisle, and Linda Steffel Olson
15. The First and Second Digital Divides

Paul Attewell
16. How Schools Work

Rebecca Barr and Robert Dreeben
17. Organizing Schools for Improvement

Anthony S. Bryk
18. School Boards in America: Flawed, but Still Significant

Gene I. Maeroff
19. Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp

Harry L. Gracey
20. Real School: The Universal Drama Amid Disparate Experience

Mary Haywood Metz
21. Why Public Schools Need Democratic Governance

Diane Ravitch
22. School Principal: Complications and Complexities

Dan C. Lortie
23. The Status of Teaching as a Profession

Richard M. Ingersoll and Elizabeth Merrill
24. Teacher Burnout in Light of School Safety, Student Misbehavior, and Changing Accountability Standards

Anthony Gary Dworkin and Pamela F. Tobe
25. Teacher Influences on Students’ Attachment to School

Maureen T. Hallinan
26. After the Bell: Participation in Extracurricular Activities, Classroom Behavior, and Academic Achievement

Elizabeth Covay and William Carbonaro
27. Low-Level Violence: A Neglected Aspect of School Culture

David R. Dupper and Nancy Meyer-Adams
28. The Dropout Problem: Losing Ground

Paul E. Barton
29. Romeo and Juliet Were Just Good Friends

Joan DelFattore
30. America in World War II: An Analysis of History Textbooks From England, Japan, Sweden, and the United States

Stuart Foster and Jason Nicholls
31. Facts or Critical Thinking Skills? What the NAEP Results Say

Harold Wenglinsky
32. Schools: The Great Equalizer and the Key to the American Dream

Heather Beth Johnson
33. Tracking in Mathematics and Science: Courses and Course Selection Procedures

Joan Z. Spade, Lynn Columba, and Beth E. Vanfossen
34. “Tuck in That Shirt!” Race, Class, Gender and Discipline in an Urban School

Edward W. Morris
35. “Rednecks” and “Rutters” and ‘Rithmetic: Social Class, Masculinity and Schooling in a Rural Context

Edward W. Morris
36. How Race and Education Are Related

Caroline Hodges Persell
37. Gender and Education

Roslyn Arlin Mickelson
38. Lessons Forgotten

Gary Orfield
39. Learning Through Experience: What Graduates Gained by Attending Desegregated High Schools

Jennifer Jellison Holme, Amy Stuart Wells, and Anita Tijerina Revilla
40. Charter Schools and the Public Good

Linda A. Renzulli and Vincent J. Roscigno
41. Organizing for Success: From Inequality to Quality

Linda Darling-Hammond
42. The Achievement Gap: A Broader Picture

Richard Rothstein
43. Can Schooling Contribute to a More Just Society?

Michael W. Apple
44. The Stratification of the Academy

Zelda F. Gamson
45. Changes in the Status and Functions of Women’s Colleges Over Time

Leslie Miller-Bernal
46. The Community College: The Impact, Origin, and Future of a Contradictory Institution

Kevin J. Dougherty
47. Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities

William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson
48. Achievement Among Disadvantaged Children of Immigrants

Alejandro Portes and Patricia Ferna?ndez-Kelly
49. Bologna Beyond 2010: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

Fiona Hunter
50. Research on Globalization and Education

Joel Spring
51. The Global Environment of National School Systems

David P. Baker and Gerald K. LeTendre
52. Education and Social Stratification Processes in Comparative Perspective: School to Work

Alan C. Kerckhoff
53. 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
54. Educating All Children: A Global Agenda

Joel E. Cohen, David E. Bloom and Martin B. Malin
55. The Perennial Reform: Fixing School Time

Larry Cuban
56. Wider Contexts and Future Issues: National Standards and School Reform in Japan and the United States

Thomas P. Rohlen
57. Progressive Social Movements and Educational Equity

Jean Anyon
58. Deschooling Society

Ivan Illich
Concluding Remarks
Appendix: Web Resources for Continued Exploration of the Topics in This Book

As part of recommended reading, this is a very user friendly but scholarly text.

Dr Mark Malisa
School Of Education, College Of Saint Rose
February 7, 2014

Good textbooks for undergraduate Sociology of Education course are rare. Ballantine's text is well written, well organized, and covers some essential topics. I also put some classic readings on course reserve to supplement the text.

Dr Yan Ciupak
Sociology Social Work Dept, Northern Michigan University
October 9, 2013

Will be adopted as recomended for next years course. Good text book that runs through several of the key issues addressed in any sociology of education module. My only concern is that the book is US based. A UK version would be most welcome

Dr Anat Greenstein
Education , University of Manchester
September 25, 2013

The online and text materials are engaging and the video cases really help support the text.

West College Of Education, Midwestern State University
September 8, 2013

The book covers a number of areas important for undergraduates taking a seminar-style sociology of education course.

Professor Don Sawyer
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Quinnipiac University
May 21, 2013

We found this book essential for our advanced and doctorate level students. Very useful!

Mr Veli-Matti Ulvinen
Faculty of Education, University of Oulu
March 26, 2013

Great collection of readings for a seminar-style class in Sociology of Educaton

Dr Patricia Tolbert
Sociology , Baylor University
October 11, 2012

I recommended this book to my students as accompanying text for almost all topics of the seminar. The introduction and one chapter have been obligatory for all students. Though this book is written from an US-American perspective the problems and organizational solutions are often the same in other cultures.

Professor Rolf Von Lüde
Department of Social Science, University of Hamburg
May 2, 2012

Does not fit with module content as well as hoped. Needed more theoretical text that applied sociological theories.

Mr Andy Davies
School of Education, Brighton University
March 20, 2012

An excellent support text covering key sociological ideas and theories.

Mr John Clarke
Dept of Education and Social Science, Central Lancashire University
March 6, 2012
Key features

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Twenty-four new readings by early and contemporary noted scholars have been added.
  • Six readings have been revised and updated to reflect new perspectives and research.
  • A new chapter on the research methods used to study education connects the methodological design to particular readings.

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.
  • Remarks and questions precede each article to guide students and to demonstrate the article's connection to other readings.
  • Suggested projects for continued exploration are included in each chapter.

The fourth edition of Schools and Society introduces 24 new articles, plus rewrites and updates of six articles original to this book. In addition, we added a new chapter on the research methods used to study education. This new chapter on methods is structured to connect the methodological design to particular readings that students will find in this book. Finally, renaming chapters was done to better portray the new materials in each section of the book and some readings from the previous edition were moved to other chapters. This reader can be used alone, with a text, or with other readings or monographs. The readings included are appropriate for a variety of courses focusing on the study of education, such as Sociology of Education, Social Foundations of Education, Social Contexts of Education, and the like. This book may be used in departments of sociology, education, social sciences, or others as appropriate.

Jeanne H. Ballantine

Jeanne H. Ballantine is Emerita Professor of Sociology at Wright State University, a state university of about 17,000 students in Ohio. She has also taught at several 4-year colleges, including an “alternative” college and a traditionally Black college, and at international programs in universities abroad. She has been teaching introductory sociology for more than 30 years with a mission to introduce the uninitiated to the field and to help students see the usefulness and value in sociology. She has been active in the teaching movement, shaping curriculum, writing and presenting research on teaching, and offering workshops and consulting... More About Author

Joan Z. Spade

Joan Z. Spade is Professor Emerita of sociology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. She received her PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York; her MA from the University of Rochester; and her BA from the State University of New York at Geneseo. In addition to courses on gender, Joan taught courses on education, family, research methods, and statistics. She published articles on rape culture in college fraternities and on work and family, including women’s and men’s orientations toward work. She has also coedited two books on education and published articles on education, including research on... More About Author

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