From the Chair
Aaron M. Pallas
Toronto is now but a warm memory, and before it fades entirely I want to thank Chiqui Ramirez, Barbara Schneider and Ed Epps for their efforts in putting together such a fine set of sessions dealing with the sociology of education. Thanks also to Roz Mickelson for finding an excellent restaurant to host the section's annual dinner. Now if she would just stop bugging me to reimburse her for the site visits from Charlotte, NC...
We have the opportunity again next year in San Francisco to be well-represented on the program. Appearing on page 3 of the newsletter are the calls for papers for the section, as well as two regular sessions, one on the sociology of education, and the other on education policy. We're living through an unusually fertile time for the application of sociological knowledge to understanding the implementation of innovative education policies at the national, state, and local levels, both in the U.S. and abroad. I hope we'll be able to take full advantage of the opportunities these sessions present for us. And even though the 1998 meeting is almost a year away, planning has already begun for the 1999 meeting, which will be held in Chicago. If you wish to volunteer to organize a regular session on education, or have ideas about other regular or special sessions pertaining to the sociology of education, now is the time to lobby the 1999 Program Committee. ASA President-Elect Alex Portes of Princeton University (who is not a section member, but should be, since he has been studying education for nearly 30 years) is chairing the 1999 Program Committee.
As best I can tell, section membership is at an all-time high, which is largely attributable to the heroic efforts of Gary Dworkin and the team he has drafted to help with recruiting new members. I'm on sabbatical this year, and, having too much free time on my hands, have been studying the membership rolls for the section. Two things strike me as noteworthy. First, more than one- quarter of the section membership is comprised of student members, and an additional 15% reside outside of the U.S. I am thrilled that we have so many student and international members, as each group enriches the section in different ways. But another way of reading these figures is that there are only about 325 Ph.D.-holding U.S. sociologists who are members of the section. Does this number seem low?
Second, there are many members of ASA who identify education as one of their areas of interest, but who are not members of the section. I think we can persuade almost any member of ASA interested in the sociology of education that section membership is a worthwhile investment. So if you have colleagues who study education, or read Sociology of Education, or who admit to having been a student at some time in their lives, invite them to join the section. We want to bring as many people with interests in the sociology of education as possible into our intellectual and social community.
At the section business meeting, I joked about how John Meyer enacted his beliefs about the legitimating functions of organizational rituals by making sure that the section conducted meetings, held elections, and filed reports in a timely way, thereby buffering us from close inspection of our (ambiguous) core substantive activities. All tongue-in-cheek, of course. John gave generously of his time and wisdom to the section this past year, and I am especially grateful for the advice he gave me as incoming chair: there are many talented and energetic section members who are willing to work on behalf of the section if asked to do so. That advice obviously worked well for him, and I hope that it will work as well for me. My thanks to the many members of the section who worked so diligently on behalf of the section last year, and to those who have volunteered their time for the year to come.
Call for Papers - 1998 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
Proposed papers for the 1998 ASA meeting in San Francisco must be submitted for review by January 10, 1998. You may request a regular paper session, refereed roundtables, or other forms. Instructions for submissions are in the complete Call for Papers, which is mailed to all ASA members in October.
In the past, the section has allowed authors to submit papers or extended abstracts. This year, the submission of complete papers is strongly encouraged. If you must submit an extended abstract, please ensure that there is sufficient detail to allow for an assessment of the contribution of the work.
Please send papers to be considered by the Sociology of Education Section to:
Aaron M. Pallas
In addition to the Section sessions, there are two additional regular session topics that will be of interest to Section members. The regular session on education policy is being organized by:
The regular session on education is being organized by:
Helen A. Moore
Professors Reed and Moore have graciously agreed to coordinate the process of arranging the sessions to make the best use of the papers that are submitted.
Call for Nominations: Chair-Elect and Section Council
The nominations committee of the Sociology of Education Section is seeking nominees for Chair-Elect and Section Council. Please send nominations by February 1, 1998 to:
Gary Natriello, Chair
Call for Nominations: Willard Waller Award for Distinguished Scholarship
The Willard Waller Award commemorates Willard Waller, whose seminal work on teaching and schools laid the foundation for the sociology of education. The nature of the award rotates on a three-year cycle. The 1998 Willard Waller Award will be for a career of distinguished scholarship. The distinguished career award is given to an individual whose scholarly contributions over the years have advanced the study of education within the field of sociology. Please send nominations to the chair of the award committee, David Stevenson, whose address appears below. Closing date for nominations is February 1, 1998.
phone 202-401-0593/fax 202-401-9027/email: David_Stevenson@ed.gov
Call for Nominations: Graduate Student Paper Award
The Sociology of Education Section makes an award each year for an outstanding paper written by a graduate student or students on a topic in education. The author (or first author) must be a graduate student at the time of the submission, and all authors must have been graduate students when the paper was written. Nominations from members of the Section and self-nominations are welcome. The student(s) need not have been a member of the Section at the time of the writing. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 1998.
Please send seven copies of the nominated paper to the Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee: Dr. Laura Hersh Salganik, American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson St. NW #400, Washington, DC 20007-3835
phone: 202-944-5242/e-mail: email@example.com
1997 Willard Waller Award Recipient
|David L. Levinson|
The Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a senior level position with a joint appointment in the Institute and a Social Science Department at the University beginning August, 1998. We seek individuals with a doctoral degree in the Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Political Science) and with a primary commitment to educational research. The successful candidate will conduct research on educational issues, teach Social Science and other courses related to the applied mission of IEI and participate in the intellectual life of the Institute. While areas of expertise for the new position are open, particular attention will be given to candidates who specialize in the Sociology of Education. Further information about the Institute may be found on the web site http://www.nd.edu/~iei. Review of applications will begin November 15, 1997 and continue until the position is filled. Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to: Maureen T. Hallinan, Director, Institute for Educational Initiatives, 416 Decio Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5644
The Sloan Center on Parents, Children and Work of NORC and the University of Chicago is accepting applications for 2 postdoctoral fellowships, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, for those interested in Family and Employment Studies. The fellowships are for 2 years. Stipends vary based upon experience level. Applications should be sent by FEBRUARY 1, 1998 and should consist of a curriculum vita, a statement of research goals, at least 2 letters of reference, and a sample of written work. Please mail completed applications to: Barbara Schneider, Co-Director, Sloan Center on Parents, Children and Work, Population Research Center, NORC/ University of Chicago, 1155 East 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
The Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) is pleased to announce the first OERI Visiting Scholars Program since OERI's reorganization in 1994. The OERI Visiting Scholars Program seeks Fellows to assume a 9 to 18-month residency in Washington, D.C. at one of the five National Research Institutes that are a part of OERI.
On behalf of OERI, the National Research Council (NRC) will conduct a national competition to award fellowships for each of the five institutes to scholars, researchers, policymakers, education practitioners, librarians, or statisticians who are engaged in the use, collection, and dissemination of information about education and educational research. Application forms are available from the NRC. Application forms must be mailed to the NRC's Fellowship Office in an envelope postmarked no later than January 5, 1998. The awards will be made in April 1998 to those individuals who show the greatest promise for contributing to the designated institute and future achievement in educational research. Fellows can begin their residency at OERI as early as June 1998 or as late as January 1999. For more information please contact: Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20418,(202)334-2872
The Sociology of Education Section carried on effectively this year. This is characteristic of the Section's history. There is willing participation by many members, making the tasks of the Chair and Council much easier. There is also much research interest in the area, so that over 120 papers were presented in ASA and Section "Sociology of Education" sessions at Toronto. Counting authors, presiders, and discussants, over 200 people participated in the program.
The meeting adjourned, with business completed, at 12:20 p.m.
Next summer (Monday July 27, 1998 to Saturday August 1, 1998) the 14th World Congress of Sociology will be held in Montreal, Canada. The Sociology of Education Research Committee (RC04) will be organizing some 13 sessions around the themes listed below. Scholars interested in presenting a paper in one of the sessions are asked to submit an extended abstract of their paper to the session organizer(s) by January 1, 1998. The abstract, approximately 3-5 pages in length, should emphasize what is new and orginal about the research or arguments to be presented. On the bases of these abstracts the organizer(s) will select five papers to be presented in the session. Presenters of accepted papers should send the final abstract of their paper, based on the format of Sociological Abstracts before March 1, 1998 to the Congress Secretariat in Montreal. All programme participants (paper givers, sessions organizers, chairs, discussants, etc.) should be registered to the Congress before March 31, 1998. Otherwise, their names will not appear in the Programme book and abstracts of their papers will not be included in the Sociological Abstracts (decision by the ISA secretariat).
Programme coordinator of RC04 is Jaap Dronkers, SCO-Kohnstamm Institute, University of Amsterdam, Wibautstraat 4, 1091 GM Amsterdam. the Netherlands. Fax: +31-20-5251300. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Race, Ethnicity and Education: Assessing the Impact of Research (joint session with RC05) Organizer: Sally Tomlinson, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, England. Fax: +44-171-9197313
Transition from the School to Work Organizer: Claude Trottier, Faculte des Sciences de l'Education, University Laval, Quebec, Canada, G1K 7P4. Fax: +1-418-656-3071. E-mail: Claude.Trottier@fse.ulaval.ca
Education, Stratification and Mobility (joint session with RC 28) Organizers: 1. A. Harry Ganzeboom, Department of Sociology, University of Utrecht, P.O. Box 80149, 3508 TC Utrecht, the Netherlands. Fax: +31-30-2534405. E- mail: Ganzeboom@cc.ruu.nl 2. B. Jaap Dronkers, SCO-Kohnstamm Institute, University of Amsterdam, Wibautstraat 4, 1091 GM Amsterdam. the Netherlands. Fax: +31-20-5251300. E-mail: email@example.com
The Future of the (Inclusive) University, Lessons from Experiments Organizers: 1. Jan C.C. Rupp, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, Oude Hoogstraat 24, 1012 CE Amsterdam, Netherlands. Fax: +31-20-5252446; 2. Alan R. Sadovnik, Adelphi University, New York, USA.
Knowledge, Power, Culture and Education in South Asia Organizer: S. Shukla, A-1 Kaveri Apts., Alaknanda, New Delhi, 110019 India. Fax: +9111-6210402
Evaluating the Development of Universities (joint session with RC 23) Organizers: 1. Erkki Kaukonen, University of Tampere, Science Studies Unit, P.O. Box 18, 33101 Tampere, Finland. Fax: +358-3-2156502. E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org. 2. Stephano Boffo, CONICS, Via G. Baglivi 3, 00161 Rome, Italy. Fax: +39-6-4403339. E-mail: CONICS@UNI.Net
Political Sociology of Youth and adult Education under Neoconservative Policies Organizer: Maria Teresa Sirvent, Hipolito Irigoyen 3156, Buenos Airos, CP: 1207, Capital Federal Argentina, Argentina. Fax: +54-1-931-6244
Education and Active Citizenship Organizer: Lawrence J. Saha, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 Australia. Fax: +61-6-249-4915. E-mail:email@example.com
Sociology of Education: Emerging Perspectives Organizer: Carlos Alberto Torres, Graduate School of Education UCLA, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. Fax: 310-206-6293 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public, Religious and Private Schools: Education between State and Market Organizer: Anne Bert Dijkstra, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen, Grote Rozenstraat 31, 9712 TG Groningen, the Netherlands. E-mail: A.B.Dijkstra@ppsw.rug.nl
Study Careers in Higher Education: A new Combination of Rational Choice and Integration Theories Organizer: Uulkje de Jong, SCO-Kohnstamm Institute, University of Amsterdam, Wibautstraat 4, 1091 GM Amsterdam. the Netherlands. Fax: +31-20- 5251300. E-mail: email@example.com
Globalisation and Educational Processes Organizer: Aaron Benavot, Department of Sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, 91905 Israel. Fax: +972-2-5324339. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketization, Privatization and Education Organzier: Julia Kwong, department of Sociology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2NT Canada. Fax: +204-261-1216. E-mail: email@example.com)
In July 5 -10 1998 the University of Groningen and the Dutch Speaking Society for Comparative Education will host the 18th CESE Conference on behalf of the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Under the general theme of the Conference 'State-Market-Civil Society: Models of Social Order and the Future of European Education' eight working groups will take place:
Abstracts can be send before March 1 1998 to the Secretariat of the 18th CESE Conference. The address of the Secretariat is: Secretariat of the 18th CESE Conference, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen, Grote Rozenstraat 31, 9712 TG Groningen, The Netherlands
tel: +31 50 363 62 83/ fax: +31 50 363 62 26/ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WWW: http://www.icce.rug.nl/~cese
drs. Marieke van der Wal, Dept. of Sociology, University of Groningen, Grote Rozenstraat 31 9712 TG Groningen, The Netherlands
Please point your browser at http://www.icce.rug.nl/~cese for information about the 18th CESE Conference for Comparative Education
INVITATION: Scholars in education, sociology, and anthropology are invited to submit manuscripts about rural student achievement for a special issue of the JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN RURAL EDUCATION. Craig Howley and Hobart Harmon, both at AEL, are guest editors. Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accord with established JRRE policy.
SCOPE: By "achievement," the guest editors mean "assessed level of attainment or proficiency." Prospective authors may interpret "achievement" more broadly than standardized or norm-referenced test results, but not so broadly as to include curriculum or standards as the main focus. Articles dealing with curriculum or standards (or other related topics, e.g., aspirations, attainment, ability, motivation, social justice) are of course acceptable but only if their explicit focus is on the assessed learning of students.
CONTACTS & INSTRUCTIONS: Manuscripts are due February 15, 1998. Please send 2
copies (double-spaced, figures and tables on separate pages) to the special issue editors
c/o Craig Howley, 75619 Lively Ridge Road (Rt. 1, Box 88B), Albany, OH 45710. Inquiries
welcome: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Hobart Harmon toll-free at
800/624-9120. Consult "Studying the Rural" at
Craig Howley, AEL senior remote associate, 75619 Lively Ridge Rd., Albany, OH 45710, Phone - 614/698-0309; e-mail: email@example.com
Please help us recruit additional members. Our annual meeting session allocation depends on the strength of our membership. Only 21 additional members are need to reach the magic number of 600. This will increase the number of sessions allotted to the Section at the 1999 Annual Meeting.
It's easy to add a membership in the Sociology of Education Section: just ask a colleague to complete the form below and mail it directly to ASA. Do you know of a promising graduate students who would benefit from membership in the Section? Sign them up! It only costs $7.00 a year for graduate students ($10.00 a year for regular ASA members). Please note that you must be a member of ASA to join the section.
A. Gary Dworkin continues to serve as chair of the Section's membership committee. The
Section appreciates his extraordinary work in this position. Please consider helping with
this effort. Gary's email address is:
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