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Special Issue of Sociology of Education
Spencer Foundation Makes Grant
March 1, 2000 Deadline
The Spencer Foundation, a Chicago-based Foundation which funds projects to improve education, has made a $25,000 award to the American Sociological Association for a special issue of Sociology of Education (SOE). The special issue will examine the recent past of the sociology of education, reflect on the state of the field of the present, and point to promising directions for the future.

The turn of the millenium is an appropriate time to take stock of the past and to consider the future, says SOE editor Aaron Pallas. The editors seek manuscript submissions in the form of interpretive essays, each discussing a prominent theme within the sociology of education. These papers are not expected to report new empirical results. Instead, they will examine critically the development of a body of literature in the sociology of education over the past few decades. Examples of topics that are of the appropriate scope are:

  • the sociology of the curriculum

  • the sociology of teaching

  • within-school stratification processes

  • education and school mobility

  • school effects and effectiveness

  • school-to-work transitions

  • schooling and reproduction theory

  • the sociology of early childhood education

  • schooling and socialization processes

    These are merely examples, though, as the topics to be covered in the special issue are not predetermined. Submitted manuscripts will be subject to the customary peer review process of the journal. Selection criteria include the quality of the review and discussion, and the fit of the manuscript with the overall theme of the issue. In order to maximize topic coverage in the issue, manuscripts should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages of text, exclusive of references and footnotes.

    The special issue, which will be distributed without cost to all 2001 SOE subscribers as an extra issue, will appear in the first or second quarter of 2001. The deadline for submitting manuscripts is March 1, 2000. For more information, please e-mail the editorial office at, or call (517) 432-7195.