Summer 1998

ASA Sociology of Education Section Dinner in San Francisco
Friday, August 21 at 8:00 PM


 Kuleto's:  a stylish Northern Italian restaurant located in the Villa Florence Hotel at 221 Powell St. in the heart of Union Square, a few blocks from the conference hotels.

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 Appetizers:   Hot and cold antipasti - assorted crostini, spiedini skewers, and pizzas.

 Salad:  Insalata Spinaci - Spinach with grilled mushrooms, red peppers, goat cheese, pine nuts and warm sherry vinaigrette.


A choice of:

(1)  Petto di Pollo allo Risotto - Pan roasted breast of chicken with Meyer lemon risotto and sage butter; and

(2)  Filetto di Salmone - Filet of salmon, grilled over the hardwoods served with seasonal accompaniments.

 Dessert:   Tiramisu - Espresso and rum soaked ladyfingers layered with mascarpone cream.

 Cash Bar:  Wine and beer.

 For Vegetarians:  The restaurant is willing to prepare a vegetarian entree upon advance request.

 Cost (including tax and gratuity):  $54 per person.

 To reserve your place:  Complete the form available here send a check to:

Samuel R. Lucas
Sociology Department
University of California-Berkeley
410 Barrows Hall # 1980
Berkeley, CA 94720-1980

 Checks should be accompanied with the reservation form and say SOE Dinner in the memo field or somewhere on the check.

To assure your reservation, your check must arrive in Berkeley by August 14th.

If you provide your e-mail address on the reservation form, Sam will acknowledge receipt of your reservation electronically.

Our thanks to Sam for arranging this dinner, which promises to be one of the highlights of the San Francisco meetings.


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Chair: Aaron Pallas

Chair-elect: Annette Lareau

Past chair: John Meyer

Sec./Treasurer: David Baker

Council: Kevin Dougherty ’98

Alan Sadovnik’98

Amy Wells’99

William Velez’99

Sophia Catsambis’00

Francisco Ramirez’00

Newsletter: David Levinson

Congratulations to the following newly elected section officers:

Chair-Elect: Francisco O. Ramirez
Council: Mark Berends
Council: Chandra Muller

At the upcoming 1998 ASA meetings, we have a rare opportunity to hear about U.S. educational policy from one of those shaping and guiding federal education policies and practices. Professor Marshall Smith, formerly at Stanford University, is the Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, second only to Secretary Riley in that Department. He will speak about educationaal reform and equality.

10:30 AM: Saturday, August 22

139.    Special Session:    Contemporary Educational Reform and Equality of

Organizer and Presider:    Maureen T. Hallinan, University of Notre Dame

Speaker:    Marshall S. Smith, Acting Deputy Secretary U.S. Department of Education

1998 ASA Annual Meeting Sociology of Education Section Sponsored Sessions and related sessions of interest

22.     Section on Sociology of Education. Moving beyond High School: The Long Shadow of Work

Friday, August 21, 8:30-10:15 a.m.

Presider: Ralph McNeal, University of Connecticut

The Effects of the Demand for Female Labor on Educational Attainment: A Multilevel Analysis. David A. Cotter, Union College; Joan M. Hermsen, University of Missouri, Columbia; and Reeve Vanneman, University of Maryland

Educational Mismatch and Job Satisfaction: A Justice Perspective. Teri Fritsma, Charles Mueller, and Scott R. Eliason, University of Iowa

Family Disruption, Income Change, and College Entry: Who Gets Hurt the Most? Roger A. Wojtkiewicz and Elaine M. McDonald, Louisiana State University

The Community College as an Engine of Economic Development: Origins and Prospects. Kevin Dougherty, Manhattanville College; and Marianne F. Bakia, Teachers College, Columbia University

Manufacturing Class: Urban Japanese High Schools at Work. Mary C. Brinton, University of Chicago

Discussion: Jerry Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania

48.     Section on Sociology of Education. Curriculum and Forms of Capital

Friday, August 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Presider: Mark Berends, RAND

Choosing the Right Path: Course Sequences and Educational Success during High School and Beyond. Christopher B. Swanson and Catherine Riegle-Crumb, University of Chicago

Diversity within Uniformity: Conflicting Pressures in the Construction of Implemented School Curricula. Aaron Benavot and Nura Resh, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

The Multiple Faces of Elementary School Tracking. Karl L. Alexander, Doris R. Entwisle, and Nettie Legters, Johns Hopkins University

Bringing the Tracks (All the Way) Back In: Education Transitions, Track Mobility, and Waning Effects of Social Background. Samuel R. Lucas, University of California, Berkeley

How Does Cultural Capital Affect Educational Outcomes?: An Empirical Confrontation of a High-Brow Status Approach versus a Reading Ability Perspectives in the Netherlands. Nan Dirk De Graaf and Gerbert Kraaykamp, Nijmegen University, The Netherlands

Discussion: Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin, Madison

76.     Section on Sociology of Education. Refereed Roundtables and Business Meeting

Friday, August 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Refereed Roundtables

1.       Historical and International Studies

Table Presider/Discussant: Phyllis Riddle, St. Vincent College

Peggy G. Hargis, Georgia Southern University; and Patrick M. Horan, University of Georgia
Ethnic Differences in Schooling in the Late Nineteenth Century: Separating Cultural and Structural Factors

Kathryn S. Schiller, Vladimir Khmelkov, and Xiao-Qing Wang, University of Notre Dame
Beyond the "One Best System": International Variation in Social Factors Influencing Academic Achievement

Mark J. Schafer, Indiana University
Nongovernmental Organizations, Educational Expansion, and Third World Development

2.       High School Coursetaking

Table Presider/Discussant: Joan Z. Spade, Lehigh University

Stephen B. Plank and Will J. Jordan, Johns Hopkins University; Karen Ross, University of Michigan
Math Ways: Patterns and Effects of Course Sequences in High School

Catherine Riegle-Crumb and Julie Kochanek, University of Chicago
One But Not the Other: Gender Differences in Math and Science Course-taking

Ji-Soo Kim and Karen Ross, University of Michigan
Coursetaking in Mathematics: Influences and Constraints on Student Choice in Traditional and Alternative High Schools

3.       Family Background Effects

Table Presider/Discussant: George Farkas, University of Texas-Dallas

Kurt Bauman, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Nonlinear Effects of Family Background Factors on Educational Attainment from 1945 to 1985

Toshiko Kaneda, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Educational Attainment of Japanese Men and Women: How and Why Do Siblings Matter?

Amy J. Orr, University of Notre Dame
Black-White Wealth Differentials and Academic Achievement

4.       College Choice

Table Presider/Discussant: Patricia McDonough, University of California at Los Angeles

Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, Paul S. Gray, and David A. Karp, Boston College
Great Expectations and Everyday Worries: Anticipating the Transition to College

Lisa Chavez, Harvard University
"Choosing" to Attend Community Colleges: The Case of Latino High School Graduates

Ruanda Garth, University of Chicago
Lift As You Climb: Collective Commitment among African American College Students Attending Historically Black and Predominately White Institutions

5.      Parent Involvement

Table Presider/Discussant: Ruth Neild, University of Pennsylvania

David L. Brunsma, University of Notre Dame
Institutional Deference and Parent Involvement in Secondary Education: Testing Seeley's Delegation Model

Joyce L. Epstein, Mavis G. Sanders, and Laurel A. Clark, Johns Hopkins University
Preparing Educators for School-Family-Community Partnerships: Results of a National Survey of Colleges and Universities

Sophia Catsambis, Queens College
Expanding Knowledge of Parental Involvement in Secondary Education: Effects on High School Academic Success

6.       Social Capital

Table Presider/Discussant: Ken Frank, Michigan State University

Robert G. Croninger, University of Maryland; and Valerie E. Lee, University of Michigan
Does Access to School-Based Social Capital Benefit High School Students at Risk of Educational Failure

Chandra Muller, University of Texas at Austin
Social Capital in the Teacher-Student Relationship

Ralph McNeal, University of Connecticut
Parent Involvement, Process Outcomes, and Science Achievement: Explaining the Parent Involvement Effect?

7.      Teachers

Table Presider/Discussant: Joan E. Talbert, Stanford University

Nettie E. Legters, Johns Hopkins University
Teachers as Workers in the World System

Vladimir T. Khmelkov, University of Notre Dame
Developing Professional Responsibility for Work: The Effects of Preservice Teaching on Prospective Teachers

Eric Grodsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Effects of Professional Development on Professional Community in American Schools

8.       School Organization

Table Presider/Discussant: Marc Ventresca, Northwestern University

David L. Jacobson, New York University
Contemporary Organizational Integration in Schools and Firms

Carolyn Riehl, Eastern Michigan University
Constitutive Practice: Understanding the Role of Administrative Discourse in the Ongoing Organizing of a Public Elementary School

9.       Personal Contacts within Schools

Table Presider/Discussant: Kathryn Borman, University of South Florida

David A. Kinney, Central Michigan University
Teachers Reaching Alienated Adolescents: Exploring the Academic Side of a Successful Alternative School

Shannon R. Curtis, University of Michigan; and Helen Marks, Ohio State University
Personalism in One High School: What Does It Look Like? How Does It Work?

Valerie E. Lee, University of Michigan
Schools-Within-Schools: A Solution to the Problem of Large Secondary Schools?

10.     Curriculum Choice in Postsecondary Education

Table Presider/Discussant: William T. Trent, University of Illinois

Debra Schleef, University of Virginia
"That's A Good Question!": Exploring Motivations for Entering Law and Business School

Susan E. Moreno and Chandra Muller, University of Texas at Austin
Success and Diversity: Transition through First-Year Calculus in the University

11.     Stratification in Higher Education

Table Presider/Discussant: William Velez, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Regina Deil, Northwestern University
College Success?: Race, Academic and Social Integration among Four-Year, Two-Year, and Less-Than-Two-Year College Students

David Karen, Bryn Mawr College; James Hearn, University of Minnesota
Academic and Non-Academic Influences on the College Destinations of 1992 High School Graduates

Mark Schoenhals and Angela M. Tsay, University of Chicago
Knowledge, Norms, and Networks: Niches and the Multidimensionality of Advantage

12.     Social Psychology of Education

Table Presider/Discussant: Elizabeth G. Cohen, Stanford University

Nura Resh, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Perception of Deprivation and Classroom Composition

Lisa Pellerin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
The Influence of Academic Commitment on Achievement

Lorie J. Schabo Grabowski, Kathleen Thiede Call, and Jeylan T. Mortimer, University of Minnesota
Global and Economic Self-Efficacy in the Attainment Process

13.     Educational Aspirations and Expectations

Table Presider/Discussant: Katherine McClelland, Franklin and Marshall College

Stephen L. Morgan, Harvard University
Adolescent Sociometricians: Educational Attainment and the Bayesian Dynamics of Expectation Formation

Richard Startup and Benjamin M. Dressel, University of Wales
Student Culture and Aspirations: An Exploratory USA/UK and Rural/Urban Comparison

Gad Yair, Nabil Khattab, and Aaron Benavot, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Heating-Up Function of Schooling among Israeli Arabs: Revisiting a Classic Argument

14.     Race, Ethnicity and Gender

Table Presider/Discussant: A. Gary Dworkin, University of Houston

Cornelius Riordan, Providence College
Student Outcomes in Catholic and Public Secondary Schools: Gender Gap Comparisons from 1972 to 1992

Vicki L. Lamb, University of South Carolina
Racial Differences in Mathematics Scores: Does the Racial Composition of the Grade Have Any Effect?

Wendy Leo, University of Minnesota
Racial Projects in the Classroom: Using Critical Race Theory to Explain Conflicts in Race Relations Classes

15.     Cultural Capital

Table Presider/Discussant: Ricardo D. Stanton-Salazar, University of California-San Diego

David Swartz, Boston University
Assessing the Role of Social Reproduction Theory in the Sociology of Education

Susan Dumais, Harvard University
Participation in High Culture and Educational Success

Herman G. van de Werfhorst, Nan Dirk de Graaf, and Gerbert Kraaykamp, Nijmegen University
Parental Resources and Their Children's Field of Education in the Netherlands

16.     Education's Effects on Occupational Outcomes

Table Presider/Discussant: Paul Kingston, University of Virginia

Jimy Sanders, University of South Carolina
Education and the Rapid Growth of Earnings Inequality

Daniel A. Long, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Education and Social Mobility in Argentina from 1955-1987: A Test of Gino Germani's Modernization Theory versus the Maximally Maintained Inequality Hypothesis

David Bills, University of Iowa
Participation in Job-Related Education: Determinants at the Person and Person-Course Levels

17.     Engagement, Participation and Community in High School

Table Presider/Discussant: Charles E. Bidwell, University of Chicago

Christopher Weiss, University of Pennsylvania
Student Engagement across the Transition into High School

Helen M. Marks and Patricia Kuss, Ohio State University
Patterns of Community Service Participation in U.S. High Schools

Paul Colomy and Robert Granfield, University of Denver
Experiencing Community at an Alternative High School: The Re-engagement of Dropouts

18.     Retention and Resiliency

Table Presider/Discussant: Aaron M. Pallas, Michigan State University

Lori Kowaleski-Jones and Greg J. Duncan, Northwestern University
The Structure of Achievement and Behavior in Middle Childhood

Timothy Madigan, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Changes During the 1980's in the Rates of and Types of Students Affected by Grade Retention

Christopher B. Swanson and Barbara Schneider, University of Chicago
Students on the Move: Residential and Educational Mobility in America's Schools

19.     High School Stratification Processes

Table Presider/Discussant: Julia Smith, Western Michigan University

D. R. Veenstra, University of Groningen
Children, Their Parents and Schools: The Importance of Student, Family and School Characteristics for Achievement in High School

Phillip N. Fucella, University of California-Berkeley
Educational Stratification and the Extra-Curricular Engagements of Secondary School Youth

Stephen Lamb and Trevor Johnson, Australian Council for Educational Research
Stratification of Learning Opportunities and Achievement in High School: Some Evidence from Australia

20.     School Reform

Table Presider/Discussant: Amy Stuart Wells, University of California-Los Angeles

Scott Davies, McMaster University
God's Choice: A Case Study of Religion, Multiculturalism, and Educational Politics

Lori Diane Hill, University of Chicago
Quality Education 'By Any Means Necessary': Mobilizing Community Resources to Reform Failing Schools

21.     Student and Faculty Work in Higher Education

Table Presider/Discussant: Floyd M. Hammack, New York University

Sarah E. Barfels and Michael Delucchi, University of Hawaii-West Oahu
A Class Above the Rest: The Hidden Curriculum of Work in Higher Education

Beth Anne Shelton, University of Texas at Arlington; Sheryl Skaggs, North Carolina State University; and Joseph Nehrenberg, University of Texas at Arlington
Research and/or Teaching: How Faculty Allocate Their Time

22.     Transitions within and between Schools

Table Presider/Discussant: Barbara Schneider, University of Chicago

Susan S. Yonezawa, The Johns Hopkins University
Social lmcation and network influence on the track placement process

Shana Pribesh and Doug Downey, Ohio State University
Why Are Residential and School Moves Associated with Lower School Performance?

99.     Section on Sociology of Education. Race and Educational Choices in Adolescence and Beyond

August 21, 2:30-4:15 p.m.

Presider: Will Jordan, Johns Hopkins University

Reading Race, Class, and Gender: Academic Orientation and Narratives of Opportunity in the Inner-City. Carla O'Connor, University of Michigan

Choice as a Process: The Primacy of Race and the Secondary Importance of Other Factors in School Selection. Salvatore Saporito and Annette Lareau, Temple University

"Culture Shock": Black Students Account for Their Distinctiveness at an Elite College. Mitchell L. Stevens, MDRC, and Kimberly C. Torres, Hamilton College

From Hierarchy to Pluralism in American High Schools: Changing Patterns of Status and Race Relations. Jordi Comas and Murray Milner Jr., University of Virginia

Does Race Matter?: A Multi-Level Contextual Analysis of Race and Friendship Choice in American High Schools. Grace Kim, University of California, Berkeley

Discussion: Charles V. Willie, Harvard University

Other sessions of interest to section members:

107.   Thematic Session. Social Inequality in Schooling. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

139.   Special Session. Contemporary Educational Reform and Equality of Educational Opportunity

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

207.   Regular Session. Current Educational Issues: Emerging Perspectives - Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

233.   Regular Session. Education: Interpreting Students and Teachers - Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

249.   Authors Meet Critics: Latino High School Graduation--Defying the Odds (University of Texas Press, 1997) by Toni Falbo and Harriet D. Romo - Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

275.   Special Session. Education and Educational Policy: Sociology and School Reform - Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

303.   Special Session. Inequality, Educational Reform, and Macro-Micro Issues - Sunday, 4:30 p.m.

330.   Special Session. Education in the Third World - Monday, 8:30 a.m.

342.   Regular Session. Communities and Schools: Politics and Policies - Monday, 8:30 a.m.

361.   Special Session. Inequality and the Enhancement of Literacy - Monday, 10:30 a.m.

400.   Regular Session. Education: Communities, Schools, and Capital - Monday, 12:30 p.m.

416.   Special Session. Children's Labor and Schooling in the Americas - Monday, 2:30 p.m.

425.   Regular Session. Multiple Dimensions of Educational Outcomes - Monday, 2:30 p.m.

Regular Session. Education: Taking the Measure of Quality - Monday, 4:30 p.m.

Vanderbilt University: The College of Arts and Science invites applications and nominations for Director of the African-American Studies Program.

The College seeks a distinguished senior scholar who will hold a tenured position in an appropriate department and who is expected to provide intellectual and academic leadership in attracting to the College a cluster of scholars with a shared research interest. This scholar will guide the College's Program in the Study of African- Americans or Africans throughout the diaspora. The appointment will commence with the 1999-2000 academic year. Applicants must have a record of outstanding scholarship in an appropriate humanities or social science discipline and a record of effective teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to offer one or more courses in the African-American curriculum as well as appropriate courses in her/his department. Routine administrative duties for the African- American program will be the responsibility of an assistant director, but prior administrative experience is considered an asset.

Submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and the names (including addresses, fax numbers and phone numbers) of six references to:

Professor Jimmie Franklin, Chair
Search Committee for the Director of African-American Studies
College of Arts and Science
301 Kirkland Hall, Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37240

Screening will begin September 18, 1998 and continue until the position is filled. Vanderbilt is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 The Sociology of Education SIG announces a Call for Proposals for the 1999 Annual Meetings of the AERA in Montreal.

Proposals on topics related to any aspect of the sociology of education are welcome and will be peer-reviewed. Please forward proposals, in standard AERA format, to:

Professor Adam Gamoran
Department of Sociology
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Due date is August 3, 1998.

Please consider the SIG as a venue for your work.

Floyd M. Hammack
Associate Professor of Educational Sociology and Higher Education
New York University
239 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-5542
(212) 995-4041 (fax)

The Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame invites those interested in education to attend the Institute's Second Annual Conference on Educational Issues. This year's conference is entitled "Comparative Studies of Educational Achievement" and will be held on November 14 and 15, 1998. The aim of the conference is to shed light on educational achievement as revealed through comparative perspectives.

On November 14th, invited speakers will discuss their recent investigations of inter-organizational differences as these relate to student performance. This research may be cross-national, regional, or compare schools of differing types. Comments will be made on each paper by invited respondents, and additional time is allocated for audience questions. The conference format is designed to facilitate discussion among speakers, respondents and participants.

On November 15th, the IEI will conduct a workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for graduate students specializing in Sociology of Education. Informal presentations and small group discussions will focus on graduate student concerns, such as promising research areas, theory development, selection of data, methodological and statistical considerations, publication of research, and the job market.

The Institute would like to invite you, your colleagues and students to attend the conference on November 14th and your graduate students to participate in the workshop on the 15th.

We hope that this conference and workshop will promote discussion and encourage collaborative research among social scientists. Your attendance will help ensure that the Institute conducts programs that benefit scholars and stimulate high quality research in education.

Further information about this conference will be posted at as it becomes available.

Special note to Education Researchers

A vast array of data about elementary/secondary and postecondary students, teachers/faculty, and schools and institutions is freely available from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Data about schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions can be readily downloaded from the NCES web site ( or through the sociology of education web site ( Data from sampled surveys from elementary/secondary and postsecondary students and teachers can also be freely obtained from NCES in public use format or restricted use format. To obtain these data, check the web site for information about appropriate contacts. Contact the ( if you have any questions.

Also, single copies of various data sets may be obtained from the National Education Data Resource Center via E-mail at

Additionally, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will make data available at Booth 401 during the 1998 conference in San Francisco as well as during the Poster Session on Data Resources Session 245, Sunday, August 23, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

Sociology of Education Section Membership Form

_____ Yes, I wish to join the Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association. Enclosed is a check for $10.00 ($7.00 for students) payable to ASA.

Please mail your check to the following address:

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In order to join the Sociology of Education Section, you must be a member of the American Sociological Association. For further information please contact ASA at

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