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Sociology of Education

Sociology of Education

Second Edition

February 2020 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This textbook explains the basic principles of sociology and how a sociological understanding is vital for understanding how ideas about education and schooling have developed over time and how these issues directly affect our own lives today.

This fully updated second edition will encourage students to think critically about hotly contested debates in education and what has influenced different perspectives on these issues.

New to this edition:

·        Two new chapters on early approaches to sociological research and social class and social mobility

·        A new case study feature throughout the book

·        Enhanced coverage of recent education policy, child poverty, political extremism and the politics of independent and grammar schools.

This is essential reading for students on undergraduate Education Studies degrees, and for sociology courses covering educational issues.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Early Sociology of Education
Chapter 3: Early Approaches to Sociological Research
Chapter 4: Developments in Sociology of Education
Chapter 5: Critical and Radical Pedagogies
Chapter 6: Differential Educational Attainment and the Debate about Intelligence
Chapter 7: Social Class and Social Mobility
Chapter 8: Multiculturalism, race and power
Chapter 9: Re-imaniging Gender Roles
Chapter 10: Inclusion: Disability and Special Educational Needs
Chapter 11: The Social Construction of Childhood
Chapter 12: Education Policy
Chapter 13: Young People and Pupil Voice
Chapter 14: Transformations

This remains a key textbook in Sociology of Education studies within undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The authors continue to increase understandings of the complexity of educational sociology in domestic and  international contexts. Boronski and Hassan should be praised again for this undertaking and the second edition is both necessary and welcome.

Dr. Richard Race
Senior Lecturer in Education, Roehampton University, UK

This is a superb textbook that is engaging, clearly written and well-structured with the student reader firmly in mind.  Wide-ranging in scope, it is steeped in the scholarly literature, situating the study and concerns of education within a rich, dynamic and up-to-date sociological context. This is a must-read for students and lecturers alike.

Dr Ayo Mansaray
King’s College London, UK

Great book. Really useful as an educator with some interesting information for undergraduates. Too specific to education rather that sociology and education for midwives. Absolutely fabulous book for MSc Education or other education courses.

Ellie Sonmezer
Institute of Health & Society, Worcester University
October 6, 2021

This is a brilliant book about sociology of education. It helped my students to understand key terms in sociology and in supporting children in digesting knowledge.

Dr Evgenia Theodotou
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
September 18, 2020

I use the book in my own research and in the reading list for socilogy of education.

Mr Hassan Sharif
Department of Education, Uppsala University
February 21, 2020

Tomas Boronski

Tomas Boronski is a visiting fellow at the University of East London. He has worked in the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors as well as in higher education. His publications include a book on the sociology of knowledge as well as articles on the sociology of education, family, inequality and multiculturalism. More About Author

Nasima Hassan

Nasima Hassan, originally from Lancashire, has worked in secondary school teaching humanities, in teacher training and in strategic management in higher education. She has worked extensively overseas supporting teachers’ professional development in India (Bangalore), South Africa (Kwazulu Natal) and most recently in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia. She has published chapters on the education system in South Africa, faith schools and on the schooling experience of British Muslims. Her doctoral thesis explored the concept of ‘Muslim consciousness’ through a philosophical and political... More About Author

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