Schools and Society : A Sociological Approach to Education


Schools and Society : A Sociological Approach to Education



Edited by Joan Z. Spade, Jeanne H. Ballantine.

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 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.



Publication Date


Publication Information

3rd edition.

Los Angeles : Pine Forge Press, c2008.

xvii, 554 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.


Educational Administration and Supervision




Located in Drake Library at: LC191 .S268 2008

What Is Sociology of Education? Theory and Methods. Getting Started : Understanding Education Through Sociological Theory / Jeanne H. Ballantine, Joan Z. Spade -- Contemporary Perspectives in the Sociology of Education / Alan R. Sadovnik -- Moral Education / Emile Durkheim -- Conflict Theory of Educational Stratification / Randall Collins -- Schooling in Capitalist Societies / Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis -- Bridges to the Future: Contributions of Qualitative Research to the Sociology of Education / Carolyn Riehl -- How to Avoid Statistical Traps / Gerald W. Bracey -- School Organization and Roles. How Schools Work / Rebecca Barr, Robert Dreeben -- The School Class as a Social System / Kathryn M. Borman, Bridget A. Cotner -- Disparities Within: Unequal Spending and Achievement in an Urban School District / Dennis J. Condron, Vincent J. Roscigno -- Social Stratification and Schools. Schools: The Great Equalizer and the Key to the American Dream / Heather Beth Johnson -- Tracking in Mathematics and Science: Courses and Course Selection Procedures / Joan Z. Spade, Lynn Columba, Beth E. Vanfossen -- How Race and Education are Related / Caroline Hodges Persell -- Moments of Social Inclusion and Exclusion : Race, Class, and Cultural Capital in Family-School Relationships / Annette Lareau, Erin McNamara Horvat -- "Tuck in that shirt!" : Race, Class, Gender, and Discipline in an Urban School / Edward W. Morris -- Gender and Education / Roslyn Arlin Mickelson -- Efforts Toward Equality and Equity in Education. The Segregation and Resegregation of American Public Education : The Courts' Role / Erwin Chemerinsky -- Learning Through Experience : What Graduates Gained by Attending Desegregated High Schools / Jennifer Jellison Holme, Amy Stuart Wells, Anita Tijerina Revilla -- Charter Schools and the Public Good / Linda A. Renzulli, Vincent J. Roscigno -- The Achievement Gap : A Broader Picture / Richard Rothstein -- Early Childhood Education and Care in Advanced Industrialized Countries : Current Policy and Program Trends / Sheila B. Kamerman -- Higher Education. The Stratification of the Academy / Zelda F. Gamson -- The Battle Over Merit / Jerome Karabel -- The Community College : The Impact, Origin, and Future of a Contradictory Institution / Kevin J. Dougherty -- Blacks in College : Past and Present / Sarah Susannah Willie -- Changes in the Status and Functions of Women's Colleges Over Time / Leslie Miller-Bernal -- Reshaping the University in an Era of Globalization / Alan Ruby -- Education in an International Context. The Global Environment of National School Systems / David P. Baker, Gerald K. LeTendre -- The Content of the Curriculum : An Institutional Perspective / Elizabeth H. McEneaney, John W. Meyer -- Education and Social Stratification Processes in Comparative Perspective / Alan C. Kerckhoff -- The Case for Universal Basic Education for the World's Poorest Boys and Girls / Gene B. Sperling -- What Does Globalization Mean for Educational Change? : A Comparative Approach / Martin Carnoy, Diana Rhoten -- Educational Reform and Change. Tinkering Toward Utopia : A Century of Public School Reform / David Tyack, Larry Cuban -- Wider Contexts and Future Issues : National Standards and School Reform in Japan and the United States / Thomas P. Rohlen -- Radical Possibilities : Putting Education at the Center / Jean Anyon -- Deschooling Society / Ivan Illich -- Concluding Remarks -- Appendix: Web Resources for Continued Exploration of the Topics in This Book.

Schools and Society : A Sociological Approach to Education