Sociology Index

Sociology Of Education

Researching and studying how social institutions and individuals' experiences affect educational processes and social development. Education and society and the social foundations of education. The multidimensionality of education as an institution. David Emile Durkheim's focus on the moral and social aspects of education. The sociology of education is a area within sociology and cuts across many other disciplines. The dilemmas and opportunities facing contemporary theories of gender and education. Durkheim's desire to integrate practical and theoretical aspects of education.

Research Unit for the Sociology of Education - RUSE in Finland specialises in research on the sociology of education and education policy.


The American Educational Research Association is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education. AERA is the most prominent international professional organization.

Sociology of Education - The American Sociological Association.
The journal presents a balance of papers examining all stages and all types of education.

British Journal of Sociology of Education
Publishes academic articles from throughout the world which contribute to both theory and empirical evidence research in the sociology of education. It attempts to reflect the variety of perspectives current in the field.

International Studies in Sociology of Education
Publisher: Routledge - This international journal seeks to publish material from current research projects in the sociology of education from around the world.


Sociology Of Education Bibliography

Goffman, Erving. 1961. Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates. Chicago: Aldine Publishing Co.

Lortie, Dan. 1975. Schoolteacher: A Sociological Study: Univ. of Chicago Press.

Stodolsky, Susan. 1988. The Subject Matters. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.

Barr and Dreeben. 1983. How Schools Work. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.

Metz, Mary. 1978. Classrooms and Corridors: The Crisis of Authority in Desegregated Schools. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Arum, Richard and Irenee R. Beattie, eds. 2000. The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education. London: Mayfield Press. (Highly recommended as introductory/overview text).

Boocock, Sarane S. 1973. "The School as a Social Environment for Learning: Social Organization and Micro-Social Process in Education." Sociology of Education 46: 15-50.Bidwell, Charles and Friedkin, Noah. 1988. "The Sociology of Education." Pp. 449-471 in Neil J. Smelser (ed.), Handbook of Sociology. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publishing Co.

Dreeben, Robert. 1994. "The Sociology of Education: Its Development om the United States," pp. 7-52 in Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization, vol 16. Aaron Pallas (ed.). Greenwich CT: JAI Press.

Bidwell, Charles and Yasumoto, Jeff. 1999. "The Collegial Focus: Teaching Fields, Colleague Relationships, and Instructional Practice in American High Schools." Sociology of Education 72, 4: 234-256.

Hurn, Christopher. 1985. "Changes in Authority Relationships in Schools 1960-1980." Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization 5: 31-57. (Reader)

Friedkin, Noah, Scott L. Thomas. 1997. "Social Positions in Schooling." Sociology of Education, 70: 239-256.

Gamoran, Adam. 1987. "The Stratification of High School Learning Opportunities." Sociology of Education 60: 135-156.

Hallinan, Maureen. 1994. "Tracking, From Theory to Practice" & "Further Thoughts on Tracking." Sociology of Education, 67: 79-83 & 89-90.

Stevenson, David, Katherine Schiller, and Barbara Schnieder. 1993. "Sequences of Opportunities for Learning." Sociology of Education 67, 3: 184-198.

Schiller, Kathryn S. 1999. "Effects of Feeder Patterns on Students Transition to High School." Sociology of Education 72, 1: 216-233.

Hallinan, Maureen and Aage Sorenson. 1986. "Student Characteristics and Assignment to Ability Groups: Two Conceptual Formulations." Sociological Quarterly 27(1): 1-13.

Kerckhoff, Alan C. 1993. Diverging Pathways: Social Structure and Career Deflections." Cambridge.

Lucas, Samuel R. 1999. Tracking Inequality: Stratification and Mobility in American High Schools. New York: Teachers College Press. (highly recommended to graduate students with general statistics background)

"Structural Models of Organizational Careers: A Critical Review and New Directions." In Social Mobility and Social Structure, pp. 272-307. Ronald Breiger, editor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gamoran, Adam. 1986. "Instructional and Institutional Effects of Ability Grouping." Sociology of Education 59: 185-198.

Rosenholtz, Susan J. and Stephen Rosenholtz. 1981. "Classroom Organization and the Perception of Ability." Sociology of Education 54: 132-140.

Yair, Gad. 2000. "Educational Battefields in America: The Tug of War Over Students Engagement With Instruction." Sociology of Education 73: 247-269. (Reader)

Hallinan, Maureen T. 1976. "Friendship Patterns in Open and Traditional Classrooms." Sociology of Education 49: 254-265. (Reader)

Hallinan, Maureen T. and Nancy Tuma. 1978. "Classroom Effects on Change in Children's Friendships." Sociology of Education 51: 270-282.

Quiroz, Pamela. Nilda Gonzales, and Kenneth Frank. 1996. "Carving a Niche in the High School Social Structure: Formal and Informal Constraints on Participation in the Extra-Curriculum." Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization 11: 93-120. (Reader)

Kinney, David A. 1993. "From Nerds to Normals: The Recovery of Identity Among Adolescents from Middle School to High School." Sociology of Education 66, 1: 21-40. (Reader)

Eder, Donna. 1986. "The Cycle of Popularity: Interpersonal Relations Among Female Adolescents." Sociology of Education 58, 3: 154-166. (Reader)

Carbonaro, William. 1998. "A Little Help From My Friend;s Parents: Intergenerational Closure and Educational Outcomes." Sociology of Education 71: 295-313.

DiMaggio, Paul and John Mohr. 1985. "Cultural Capital, Educational Attainment, and Marital Selection." American Journal of Sociology 90, 6: 1231-1261. (Reader)

Lareau, Annette. 1987. "Social Class and Family-School Relationships: The Importance of Cultural Capital. Sociology of Education 56: 73-85.

Lareau, Annette and Erin McNamara Horvat. 1999. Moments of Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Race, Class, and Cultural Capital in Family-School Relationships. Sociology of Education 72, 1: 37-53.

Books On Sociology Of Education

Sociology of Education: A Critical Reader by Alan R. Sadovnik

The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education Dr. Richard Arum, Irenee R. Beattie, Karly Ford

Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education by Cynthia Levine-Rasky

The Sociology of Education in Canada: Critical Perspectives by Terry Wotherspoon

Handbook of the Sociology of Education (Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research) by Maureen T. Hallinan

Knowledge, Pedagogy and Society: International Perspectives on Basil Bernstein's Sociology of Education by Daniel Frandji and Philippe Vitale

The Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Education (The Routledge International Handbook Series) by Michael W. Apple, Stephen J. Ball, and Luis Armando Gandin

Leadership for Quality and Accountability in Education (Leadership for Learning Series) by Mark Brundrett and Christopher Rhodes

The Sociology Of Education (Value Pack) by Jeanne H. Ballantine and Floyd M. Hammack

Exploring Education: An Introduction to the Foundations of Education (3rd Edition) by Alan R. Sadovnik, Peter W. Cookson, and Susan Semel

Equality and Achievement: An Introduction to the Sociology of Education (2nd Edition) by Cornelius H. Riordan

Sociology of Higher Education: Contributions and Their Contexts Patricia J. Gumport

Exploring Socio-Cultural Themes in Education: Readings in Social Foundations (2nd Edition) by Joan Strouse

Education and Sociology : An Encyclopedia (Education and Society) Book by David L. Levinson (Editor), Peter W. Cookson (Editor), Alan R. Sadovnik (Editor)

Social Analysis of Education: After the New Sociology (Critical Social Thought) Book by Philip Wexler

Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education Book by Nancy Lopez

The Sociology of Sport and Physical Education: An Introductory Reader
Book by Anthony Laker (Editor) Sport and Physical Education in a social, cultural and educational context.

Education and Social Change (Sociology and Social Change) Book by Amanda Coffey

Power and Ideology in Education Book by Jerome Karabel, A. H. Halsey (Editor)
The thirty-seven articles of this volume provide an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of educational institutions in modern society.

Schools and Societies (Sociology for a New Century Series) Book by Steven Brint

Durkheim and Modern Education (Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education, 6) Book by British Centre for Durkheimian Studies (Corporate Author), Geoffrey Walford (Editor), W. S. F. Pickering (Editor)

From Here to Diversity: The Social Impact of Lesbian and Gay Issues in Education in Australia and New Zealand Book by Kerry H., Ph.D. Robinson (Editor), Jude Irwin (Editor), Tania Ferfolja (Editor)

Divide and School: Gender and Class Dynamics in Comprehensive Education Book by John Abraham

The Invisible Tapestry : Culture in American Colleges and Universities (J-B ASHE Higher Education Report Series (AEHE)) Book by George D. Kuh, Elizabeth J. Whitt

Changing Education: A Sociology of Education Since 1944 Book by Janet McKenzie

Sociology of Education Today Book by Jack Demaine (Editor)

International Encyclopedia of Sociology of Education (Resources in Education Series) Book by L.J. Saha

Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education and Social Science Book by Judith Bell

Higher Education and Social Class: Issues of Inclusion and Exclusion
Book by Alistair Ross, Merryn Hutchings, Carole Leathwood, Robert Gilchrist, David Phillips, Louise Archer

Investigating Gender: Contemporary Perspectives in Education Book by Becky Francis, Christine Skelton

Researching Education Policy: Ethical and Methodological Issues (Social Research and Educational Studies Series) Book by David Halpin, Barry Troyna (Editor)

Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus Book by Dinesh D'Souza

Tough Fronts: The Impact of Street Culture on Schooling (Critical Social Thought)
Book by Lory Janelle Dance, L. Janelle Dance

Higher Education And International Student Mobility In The Global Knowledge Economy by Kemal Guruz

Entrepreneurialism in Universities and the Knowledge Economy: Diversification and Organisational Change in European Higher Education (The Society for Research ... and Open University Press Impreint) by Michael Shattock

The Knowledge Economy Academic and the Commodification of Higher Education (Understanding Education and Policy) by Tom Giberson and Greg Giberson.