The ninth edition of The Sociology of Education examines the field in rare breadth by incorporating a diverse range of theoretical approaches and a distinct sociological lens in its overview of education and schooling.

Education is changing rapidly, just as the social forces outside of schools are, and to present the material in a meaningful way, the authors of this book provide a unifying framework—an open systems approach—to illustrate how the issues and structures we find in education are all interconnected. Separate chapters are devoted to how schools help shape who has access to educational opportunities and who does not; issues of race, class and gender; the organization of schools and the roles that make up educational settings, and more. Throughout the book, readers will have an opportunity to engage with theories and issues that are discussed and to apply their newly obtained understanding in response to emerging and persistent problems in the educational system.

The new edition continues to be a critical point of reference for students interested in exploring the social context of education and the role education has in shaping our society. It is perfect for sociology of education and social foundations of education courses at the undergraduate or early graduate level.

chapter Chapter 1|47 pages

A Unique Perspective for Understanding Schools

chapter Chapter 6|45 pages

The School as an Organization

chapter Chapter 8|37 pages

Students: The Core of the School

chapter Chapter 11|43 pages

The System of Higher Education

chapter Chapter 12|37 pages

Education Systems Around The World: A Comparative View

chapter Chapter 13|42 pages

Educational Movements and Reform