The Sociology of Education: A Systematic Analysis is a comprehensive and cross-cultural look at the sociology of education. This textbook gives a sociological analysis of education by incorporating a diverse set of theoretical approaches. The authors include practical applications and current educational issues to discuss the structure and processes that make education systems work as well as the role sociologists play in both understanding and bring about change.
In addition to up-to-date examples and research, the eighth edition presents three chapters on inequality in educational access and experiences, where class, race and ethnicity, and gender are presented as separate (though intersecting) vectors of educational inequality. Each chapter combines qualitative and quantitative approaches and relevant theory; classics and emerging research; and micro- and macro-level perspectives.
Chapter 1 Sociology of Education: A Unique Perspective for Understanding Schools
Chapter 2 Conflicting Functions and Processes in Education: What Makes the System Work?
Chapter 3 Equality of Educational Opportunity?: A Look at Social Class Differences and Inequalities
Chapter 4 Equality of Educational Opportunity?: A Look at Gender Differences and Inequalities
Chapter 5 Equality of Educational Opportunity?: A Look at Racial and Ethnic Differences and Inequalities
Chapter 6 The School as an Organization
Chapter 7 Conflict or Cooperation?: Formal Roles within the Educational System
Chapter 8 Students: The Core of the School
Chapter 9 The Informal System and the "Hidden Curriculum": How "Invisible" Forces Impact Educational Experiences
Chapter 10 The Educational System and the Environment: A Symbiotic Relationship?
Chapter 11 The System of Higher Education
Chapter 12 Education Systems Around the World: A Comparative View
Chapter 13 Educational Movements and Reform