Handbook of the Sociology of Education in the 21st Century

  • Barbara Schneider

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Families, Schools, and Educational Opportunity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. George Farkas
      Pages 3-38
    3. Douglas B. Downey, Aimee Yoon, Elizabeth Martin
      Pages 55-70
  3. The Changing Demographics of Social Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Samuel R. Lucas, Véronique Irwin
      Pages 73-107
    3. Roberto G. Gonzales, Edelina M. Burciaga
      Pages 153-169
    4. Jennifer Pearson, Lindsey Wilkinson
      Pages 193-218
  4. The Social Organization of Schooling and Opportunities for Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Megan Austin, Mark Berends
      Pages 221-250
    3. Sean Kelly, Ben Pogodzinski, Yuan Zhang
      Pages 275-296
    4. Kenneth Frank, Yun-jia Lo, Kaitlin Torphy, Jihyun Kim
      Pages 297-316
    5. Robert Crosnoe, Lilla Pivnick, Aprile D. Benner
      Pages 317-335
    6. Jeremy Staff, Jeylan T. Mortimer, Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson
      Pages 337-358
  5. Educational Opportunities and the Transition into Adulthood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-359
    2. Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa, Jacqueline Cruz, Blake Silver
      Pages 385-403
    3. James E. Rosenbaum, Caitlin Ahearn, Jennifer Lansing
      Pages 431-455
    4. Richard A. Settersten Jr., Barbara Schneider
      Pages 457-471
  6. Sociological Perspectives on Accountability and Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 473-473
    2. Douglas Lee Lauen, Brian L. Levy, E. C. Hedberg
      Pages 493-511
    3. Stephen L. Morgan, Daniel T. Shackelford
      Pages 513-534
    4. David Monaghan, Tammy Kolbe, Sara Goldrick-Rab
      Pages 535-559
    5. Paula Arce-Trigatti, Irina Chukhray, Ruth N. López Turley
      Pages 561-579
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 581-597

About this book


This handbook unifies access and opportunity, two key concepts of sociology of education, throughout its 25 chapters. It explores today’s populations rarely noticed, such as undocumented students, first generation college students, and LGBTQs; and emphasizing the intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicity and social class. Sociologists often center their work on the sources and consequences of inequality. This handbook, while reviewing many of these explanations, takes a different approach, concentrating instead on what needs to be accomplished to reduce inequality. A special section is devoted to new methodological work for studying social systems, including network analyses and school and teacher effects. Additionally, the book explores the changing landscape of higher education institutions, their respective populations, and how labor market opportunities are enhanced or impeded by differing postsecondary education pathways. Written by leading sociologists and rising stars in the field, each of the chapters is embedded in theory, but contemporary and futuristic in its implications. This Handbook serves as a blueprint for identifying new work for sociologists of education and other scholars and policymakers trying to understand many of the problems of inequality in education and what is needed to address them.  


Changing Landscape of Higher Education Community College Intervention Early Childhood Experiences through High School Educational Policy and Sociology of Education Teachers Efforts to Construct School Interventions in K-16 Family Structure for Children's Well-Being Improve Educational Opportunities for Minority Students Mechanisms of Change in Educational Systems Methodological Advances for Studying the Social Context Role of Parents in School Improvement School Interventions and School Partnerships Social and Emotional Learning Teacher Performance Assessment Transitioning Into Adulthood Young Adulthood and Labor Market Choices

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Education, Department of SociologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76692-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76694-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-6903
  • Series Online ISSN 2542-839X
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