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Schools and Society

Schools and Society
A Sociological Approach to Education

Sixth Edition
Edited by:

November 2017 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The authors are proud sponsors of the 2020 SAGE Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award—enabling graduate students and early career faculty to attend the annual ASA pre-conference teaching and learning workshop.

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1- What is Sociology of Education?

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

Jenny M. Stuber

Jenny Stuber is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. Her research focuses on social class inequality, especially in terms of how people understand and enact it within institutional settings. Her book Inside the College Gates: How Class and Culture Matter in Higher Education (Lexington) explores the reproduction of class inequalities that takes place within higher education’s social and extra-curricular domains. Currently she is working on an ethnographic project in Aspen, Colorado, examining how middle-class residents respond to and resist the growing class inequality within their community. In addition... More About Author

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