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The Sociology of Education
A Systematic Analysis (International Student Edition)

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ISBN 9781138091566
Published May 15, 2017 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

A comprehensive and cross-cultural look at the sociology of education. The text integrates important and diverse topics in the field by showing how they are related. The Sociology of Education: A Systematic Analysis provides a sociological analysis of education using several theoretical approaches. The authors include practical applications and current educational issues to discuss the structure and processes that make education systems work.

Learning Goals

  • Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:
  • Learn diverse theoretical approaches in the sociology of education
  • Assess important current or emerging topics, including higher education, informal education (“climate” and the “hidden curriculum”), the school environment, education around the world, and educational movements and alternatives
  • Understand how change takes place and what role sociologists play
  • Become involved with educational systems where they can put to use the knowledge available in textbooks

Table of Contents

Ballantine/Hammack  The Sociology of Education  Seventh Edition  Chapter1  Sociology of Education: A Unique Perspective for Understanding Schools  Sociology and Education  U.S. Schools in the Early Twenty-First Century: Applying Sociological Findings  Theoretical Approaches  in the Sociology of Education  The Open Systems Approach  Research Methods in Sociology of Education  Organization of the Book  Chapter 2  Conflicting Functions and Processes in Education: What Makes the System Work?  Conflicting Functions of Education  The Importance of Processes in Educational Systems  The Function of Socialization: What We Learn and How We Learn It  The Function of Cultural Transmission and Process of Passing On Culture  The Function of Social Control and Personal Development  The Function of Selection and Allocation: The Sorting Process  The Function of Change and Innovation: Looking to the Future  Chapter 3  Education and the Process of Stratification  The Crisis in Schooling  The Process of Stratification: Is Inequality Inevitable?  Stratification and Equality of Educational Opportunity  Chapter 4  Gender, Race, and Class: Attempts to Achieve Equality of Educational Opportunity  Gender and Equality of Educational Opportunity  Class, Race, and Attempts to Rectify Inequalities in Educational Opportunity  Integration Attempts  Educational Experience of Selected Minorities in the United States  Improving Schools for Minority Students  Chapter 5  The School as an Organization  The Social System of the School  Goals of the School System  The School as an Organization  Centralized versus Decentralized Decision Making: The Fight over Control of Schools  Chapter 6  Formal School Statuses and Roles: "The Way It Spozed to Be"  The Meaning of Roles  Professionals in the Educational System  Roles in Schools  Chapter 7  Students: The Core of the School  Student Characteristics  School Failures and Dropouts  Students and the Informal System  Students and Their Environments  Chapter 8  The Informal System and the "Hidden Curriculum": What Really Happens in School?  The Open Systems Approach and the Informal System  The Educational "Climate" and School Effectiveness  Power Dynamics and Roles in the Informal System  Chapter 9  The Educational System and the Environment: A Symbiotic Relationship  The Environment and the Educational System  The School Systems' Environments: Interdependence Between Institutions  Chapter 10  The System of Higher Education  History and Development of Higher Education  Theoretical Approaches to Higher Education  Characteristics of Higher Education in the United States  Functions of the Higher Education System  Higher Education as an Organization  Roles in Higher Education  Environmental Pressures on Higher Education  Outcomes of Higher Education  Problems and Reform in Higher Education  Chapter 11  Educational Systems Around the World: A Comparative View  Comparative Educational Studies  Theoretical Perspectives in Comparative Education  Global Institutional Interdependence  Stages of Economic Development and Educational Change  Higher Education Around the World  Chapter 12  Educational Systems Around the World: Britain, China, and Post-Colonial Africa  Education in Britain  Education in the People's Republic of China  Formal Education in Colonial Africa  Chapter 13  Educational Movements and Reform  The Nature of Educational Movements  Early Educational Movements  Alternative Education and Related Movements  Structural and Curricular Changes in the Schools  References  Index

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Jeanne Ballantine is university professor of sociology at Wright State University. She received her masters degree from Columbia University and her PhD from Indiana University. Jeanne has taught in a number of venues including Japan, Brazil, Spain, Italy Rwanda (as a Fulbright scholar), Semester at Sea and Wittenberg University in Ohio. Her primary areas of scholarship are sociology of education, applied sociology, global studies, and global women’s issues. Jeanne has held a number of positions in the professional organizations including International Sociological Association, American Sociological Association, North Central Sociological Association, and Society for Applied Sociology. She has authored 5 books and many articles, and done workshops, especially on faculty development and teaching and learning, in the U.S. and other countries. She is a member of the ASA Departmental Resources Group and does evaluation visits at colleges and universities. Among her many awards is the ASA Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award.