Summer 2000

Annual Section Dinner
August 14, 2000 - 8:30 PM

  • Appetizer
  • Salad
  • Entrée
    • 3 kinds of pasta or 1 chicken dish
  • Dessert
  • Beverage

5533 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
(at the Friendship Heights Metro Stop)

Please join us for this enjoyable and delectable event. Often said to be reminiscent of post WWII Little Italy, Maggiano's blends the tradition of family, good times with friends, and authentic Italian cuisine!

The créme de la créme will be an auction. You will have an opportunity to bid on items such as a vacation in Tahiti, mounds of data files, and futures in the sociology of education. Barbara Schneider is kindly organizing this endeavor and welcomes the donation of additional prizes. Please contact her at:
Proceeds will go to the endowment for David Stevenson Graduate Student Award

Total cost for the dinner is $37.00 per person.


Please send your check, payable to American Sociological Association (ASA), to: Rolf K. Blank, Council of Chief State School Officers, Director of Education Indicators, One Massachusetts Ave. NW, S.700, Washington, DC, 20001-1431.

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      It is that time of year again. Spring. But this is no ordinary spring and we should harbor no ordinary thoughts. With Y2K safely behind us and the heat of August in the Capitol beckoning, dare anyone think of anything less sublime than membership..membership..membership. We have a truly rich and diverse program for 2000, made possible by expanded membership. But to duplicate this feat for 2001 our current level of about 500 must once again soar over 600, as it did last year. So, please, do not procrastinate; renew your section membership now. Make it possible for Anaheim to top DC!

      Our program offers a broad range of sociology of education topics, theories, and research methods. David Kinney and I worked together to organize seven panels and, in addition, twenty roundtable sessions were set forth. We received more than 100 submissions. All other things being equal, completed papers were proffered to drafts and drafts had higher priority than extended abstracts. Issues of quality, originality, and goodness of fit with other panel or roundtable papers were carefully weighed in making the final decisions. Many papers were forwarded to the open sessions' organizer. Below you will find a complete list of regular and section panels followed by the refereed roundtable sessions. A business meeting will be held on Monday, August 14 right after the roundtable sessions in the same ballroom. Please make every effort to attend.


I Achievement Studies in the Sociology of Education
Organizer:       Francisco O. Ramirez, Stanford University
Presider:       Sophia Catsambis, City University of New York (Queens)

"The Effects of Ability Group Misplacement on Student Achievement" Maureen Hallinan, Notre Dame University
"Student Experiences in Home and School: Gender Gap Comparisons Among 1990 Sophomores in the National Educational Longitudinal Study" Cornelius Riordan, Providence College
"Parent Information Networks in Magnet Schools: Their Formation and Impact on Student Performance" Sheela Kennedy, University of Pennsylvania
"Parental Involvement and Student Performance: The Influence of Social Context" Ralph McNeal, University of Connecticut

Discussant: San Lucas, University of California, Berkeley

Monday, August 14, 8:30 - 10:10 p.m., Marriott

II Schooling: Organizational and Interactional Issues
Organizer:       Francisco O. Ramirez, Stanford University
Presider:       Barbara Schneider University of Chicago

"Downplaying Choice: Institutionalized Emotional Norms in U.S. Middle Schools" Gerald LeTendre, Pennsylvania State University
"The Teacher-Student Role Frame: Relations of Exchange and the Balance of Multiple Role Considerations" Daniel McFarland, Notre Dame University
"Curriculum Structure in High Schools Divided Into Schools-Within-Schools" Valerie Lee, University of Michigan, Douglas Ready, University of Michigan, and Diana Oxley, University of Oregon
"Capacity for Change: A Framework for Understanding Contemporary School Reform" Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin

Discussant: Kathyrn Schiller, State University of New York (Albany)
Monday, August 14 2:30 - 4:10 p.m., Marriott

III Educational Reform and Innovation

Organizer:       Francisco O. Ramirez, Stanford University
Presider:       Mary Mertz, University of Wisconsin

"Beyond Educational Policy: Bilingual Teachers and The Social Construction of Teaching 'Science' for Understanding" Pamela Quiroz and Abel Mercado University of Illinois at Chicago
"The Unintended Consequences of Stigma-Free Remediation" Regina Deli and James Rosenbaum, Northwestern University
"Business 'Partnerships' with Educational Institutions" Kevin Dougherty, Manhattan College
"Adult Participation in Education in Life Course Perspective" Aaron Pallas, Michigan State University

Discussant: Alan Sadovnik, Adelphi University

Monday, August 14 4:30 - 6:15 p.m., Marriott

IV Education in Cross-National Perspective
Organizer:       Francisco O. Ramirez
Presider:       Laura Salganik, American Institute for Research

"Women in Higher Education: Accounting for Cross-National Differences" Karen Bradley, Western Washington University and Maria Charles, University of California, San Diego
"Re-Thinking the Generation Gap: The Relationship Between Adult Women's Status and Girls' Math and Science Education in an International Context" Catherine Riegle-Crumb, University of Chicago
"Cross-National Expansion of Educational Enrollments and Science Production: An Exploration of Latent Growth Models" Jerald Herting, Shawn Bauldry, and Aaron Laing, University of Washington
"Technical and Institutional Environments of Schools: A Comparative Analysis of Principal Leadership, Achievement, and National Bureaucracies" Alex Wiseman, Motoko Akiba, David Baker, Brian Goesling, and Gerlad LeTendre, Pennsylvania State University

Discussant: Bruce Fuller, University of California (Berkeley)

Tuesday, August 15 8:30 - 10:10 a.m., Marriott

Monday, August 14 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Marriott

I Cross-National Perspectives
Presider and Discussant:             Jeanne Ballantine, Wright State University

"The Rise of the Social Sciences in the University: Change and Variation over the Twentieth Century." David Frank and Jason Gabler, Harvard University.
"An Exploration of Effects of Participation in Global Educational Comparison." Elizabeth H. McEneaney, University of Nevada Las Vegas.
"The Global Rise of Masters in Business Administrations." Hyeyoung Moon, Stanford University.

II Comparative Perspectives on Social Capital
Presider and Discussant :             Annette Lareau, Temple University

"Institutional or Ethnical: Determinants of Students' Aspirations in Public and Christian Private School: The Case of Arab Students in Israel." Nabil Khattab, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Social Capital and Scholastic Achievement in an Icelandic Setting." Thorolfur Thorlindsson and Inga Dora Sigfussdottir, University of Iceland; Stefan Hrafn Jonsson and David Baker, Penn State University.
"It's Not What You Know But Who You Know: Adult Social Capital and Track Placement of Ethnic Groups in Germany." Regina E. Werum, Emory University.

III Theoretical Issues in Education
Presider and Discussant :             Julia Wrigley, City University of New York

"Social Criticism and Sociology of Education." Scott Davies, McMaster University.
"Cultural Capital or Cultural Competence? Specialized Knowledge and Self-Presentational Acumen in American Secondary Education: Some Preliminary Hypotheses." Jason Kaufman, Harvard University.
"Immigrant Families, Capital Conversion, and Educational Outcomes: The Case of Youth from the Former Soviet
Union" Aaron Benavot and Katerina Bodvski, Hebrew University of Jersualem

IV Educational Reform Issues

Presider and Discussant :             Richard Arum, University of Arizona

"Career Academies and the Reform of American High Schools: Symbolism, Opportunism, and Pedagogy." Robert G. Croninger, University of Maryland; David J. Johnson, University of Michigan.
"Early Elementary Class Size Reduction: A Neo-Institutional Analysis of the Social, Political and Economic Influences on State-Level Policymaking." Ross E. Mitchell, University of California, Riverside.
"Composing a Vision of Institutional Change: Lessons from Educational Reform." Christopher B. Swanson, University of Chicago.

V Educational Issues in Africa

Presider and Discussant:             Claudia Buchmann, Duke University

"Education Policy Script and Education Practice in Newly-Democratic South Africa: A Case of Integration or Displacement?" Ken Harley and Elizabeth Mattson, University of Natal, South Africa.
"Families, Communities, and Schooling: A Comparative Study of Rural Malawi and Kenya." Mark J. Schafer, Louisiana State University.

VI Educational Issues in the Asian Context
Presider and Discussant:       Suk-Ying Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong

"Globalization and Professional Autonomy: The Academy in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing"
Gerard Postiglione, University of Hong Kong
"Healing Hurting Hearts or Learning Language? The Social and Academic Uses of a Japanese Language Saturday School." Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, UNC Charlotte; Moemi Kuroiwa, City of Sapporo School System.

VII The Transition from Secondary to Post-Secondary Education
Presider and Discussant:             Sean Reardon, Pennsylvania State University

"Rethinking the Transition from High School to College: New Evidence from Non-Parametric Modeling Techniques." Robert A. Petrin, University of Chicago.
"Extracurricular Participation and Progress toward Postsecondary Education." Ann Marie R. Power and Vladimir T. Khmelkov, University of Notre Dame.

VIII The Race Earnings Gap
Presider and Discussant:             Ann Mullen, National Center for Educational Statistics

"Literacy Skills and Earnings: Race and Gender Differences." Roberto M. De Anda and Pedro M. Hernandez, University of Illinois, Urbana.
"Getting a Post-Collegiate Job: Social Structure, Undergraduate Resources, and College-to-Work Transitions." Cory Heyman, American Institutes for Research.
"Why Major Matters: A Preliminary Analysis of the Role of College Major in the Race Earnings Gap." Richard N. Pitt, Jr., University of Arizona.

IX Understanding School Leaving
Presider and Discussant:             Sylvai Hurtado, University of Michgan

"Leaving Community College: Do Existing Models of College Dropout Apply to Community College Students?" Regina Deil, Northwestern University.
"College Attrition at American Research Universities: Comparative Case Studies." Joseph C. Hermanowicz, University of Georgia.
"Academic Achievement and School Removal: An Analysis of Multiple Pathways." Hanno Petras, M. Diane Clark, and Sheppard Kellam, Johns Hopkins University.

X High School Attrition and the Influence of Race
Presider and Discussant:             Gung Gao, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

"Estimating the Influence of Place of Residence on Mexican American High School Attrition: Evidence from Nineteen Metropolitan Statistical Areas in 1990." Anne Danenberg, Public Policy Institute of California.
"The Impact of Adolescent Employment on High School Dropout: Differences by Race and Labor Market Characteristics." John R. Warren and Jennifer C. Lee, University of Washington.

XI Noncognitive Influences and Academic Outcomes
Presider and Discussant:             Pamela Barnhouse Walters, Indiana University

"Sports Participation in High School: Effects on Grades, Self-Concept, Academic Self-Confidence, and Achievement." Will J. Jordan, Johns Hopkins University.
"Do Noncognitive Behaviors Affect Grades and Life Outcomes?" James E. Rosenbaum, Northwestern University

XII Students at Risk
Presider and Discussant:             Kimberly Goyette, Temple University

"Reframing the Problem of Student Failure: The Impact of School Context on the Effect of 'At Risk' Status." Emily Beller, University of California, Berkeley.
"It Takes a Village: Educational Gains for Children in Residential Treatment with Chemically Dependent Mothers." William R. Morgan, Durelle Robinson, and Getchen Ruth, Cleveland State University.
"How Parental Layoffs Affect Teenagers' Marks, Aspirations and Attitudes to Work." Derek Wilkinson, Laurentian University, Canada.

XIII Adult Education
Presider and Discussant:             Kathleen Piker-King, Mount Union College

"Employer Support for Working Adults Who Pursue Vocational Degrees." David B. Bills and Mary Ellen Wacker, University of Iowa.
"Educational Experience and Women's Likelihood of Welfare Recipiency." Irene R. Beattle, University of Arizona

XIV Issues Concerning Grades
Presider and Discussant:             Karl Alexander, Johns Hopkins University

"Institutional Covariates of 'Grade Inflation' for U.S. Undergraduate Education." Emory Morrison, University of Washington.
"Grade Retention and Social Promotion in Texas: An Assessment of Academic Achievement Among Elementary School Students" Jon Laurence, Gary Dworkin, Laurence Toenjes, and Antwanette Hill, University of Houston

XV Teachers Education

Presider and Discussant:             Susan Semel, Hofstra University

"Which Teachers are Willing to Take Responsibility for Student Learning?" Shannon Curtin, University of Michigan.
"How Induction Programs Help New Teachers Cope with Complexity and Uncertainty." Douglas E. Mitchell and David Boyns, University of California, Riverside.
"From 'The Higher Branches' to 'The Lower Branches': Changes in Teacher Education During Feminization." JoAnne Preston, Brandeis University.

XVI Policy Issues and Equal Opportunity

Presider and Discussant:             Joe Conaty, US Department of Education

"The Meaning of Equity in Single Gender Public Schooling." Amanda Datnow, Johns Hopkins University; Lea Hubbard, University of California, San Diego.
"The Effects of Teacher Professionalization on Attitudes and Orientations Promoting Equal Education Opportunities." Paula M. Moore.

XVII Math, Science, and Engineering Education
Presider and Discussant:             Sandra Hanson, Catholic University

"More than Ability: Influences of Personal Relationships and Gender on the Likelihood of Students Leaving Sciences, Math or Engineering Studies." James Daniel Lee, University of South Alabama.
"Explaining Regional Variation in Children's Reading and Mathematics Achievement." Toby L. Parcel and Mikaela Dufur, Ohio State University.
"American Exceptionalism? Relationships Among Mathematics and Science Achievement and Family Resources in the Schools of 24 Countries" Stephen B. Plank, Center for Social Organization of Schools, Johns Hopkins University 300N Charles St. Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21218

XVIII Influences of Families and Communities on Educational Outcomes
Presider and Discussant:             Chandra Mueller, University of Texas (Austin)

"Cosmopolitan Environments and Adolescent Achievement Gains." Judith R. Blau, Vicki L. Lamb, Lisa A. Pellerin, and Elizabeth Stearns, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Improving Student Attendance: Effects of Family and Community Involvement." Joyce L. Epstein and Steven Sheldon, Johns Hopkins University.

XIX Explaining High School Outcomes
Presider and Discussant:             Mark Berends, Rand Corporation

"Using Lottery Admission to Magnet Schools to Create Evaluations Based on Random Assignment." Robert L. Crain and Robert Thaler, Teachers College Columbia University.
"What Determines High School Outcomes?" Edward B. Reeves and Edward F. Breschel, Morehead State University.

XX Issues in School Organization

Presider and Discussant:       David L. Levinson, Bergen Community College

"High School Class Schedules: The Negative Academic Effects of One Systemic Failure in the Scheduling Process." Warren N. Kubitschek, University of Notre Dame.
"Mentoring Network and Social Control of Deviance: Evidence from American High Schools." Kazuaki Uekawa and Charles E. Bidwell, University of Chicago.

Please attend the Sociology of Education Business Meeting
immediately following the Roundtables at
11:30 a.m.


Roslyn Arlin Mickelson's new book, Children on the Streets of the Americas: Homelessness, Education, and Globalization in the United States, Brazil, and Cuba, has just been published by Routledge. Using globalization of the world's economy as the contextual frame, the book explores the problem of the increasing numbers of street and homeless children in developed and developing nations. The original contributions in this book study and compare the living conditions and educational experiences of homeless and street children in the United States, Brazil, and Cuba. Because social policy and economic forces are central to these children's condition, the contributors employ a political economy perspective to examine the children's lives and the educational and social programs--successful and unsuccessful-- which are designed to serve them. The book explores formal and informal programs, compares and contrasts children's status in each country, and offers policy recommendations. Throughout the book, case studies are combined with recent statistical and demographic data about each country. Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, provided the foreword of the book.


Vanderbilt University. The Department of Sociology invites applications for an assistant professor of sociology, tenure-track faculty position, commencing August 2001. The candidate will be expected to teach graduate statistics courses. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: medical, organizations, education, gender, or stratification. Applicants should submit a letter of interest in the position, curriculum vitae, and any supplemental material (e.g. reprints, pending manuscripts, teaching evaluations) indicating promise or evidence of outstanding scholarship and effective teaching. Application materials, including three letters of recommendation, should be received by October 16, 2000.
Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer and women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Send all materials to Search Committee Chair, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37235. Information on the department, the College of Arts and Science, Vanderbilt University and e-mail addresses can be obtained on the Internet at


University of Notre Dame - Postdoctoral Position. The Program on the Social Organization of Schools at the Institute for Educational Initiatives will have one postdoctoral program fellowship available beginning as early as August 2000. We welcome applicants who have specialized in the sociology of education. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must have completed all requirements for the doctorate by the time of the initial appointment. The position has an annual salary of $32,000. Postdoctoral researchers are asked to participate in the intellectual community of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Sociology department and to further their own intellectual development and research. Researchers will have full access to the Institute's and sociology department's collective resources in computing, print/data libraries, and administrative services.

For more information about the Institute and its research faculty, please visit our website at To apply, send a vita, a short description of your current and future work, three letters of recommendation, and copies of publications or papers. Send applications to: Maureen Hallinan, Director, Program on the Social Organization of Schools, Institute for Educational Initiatives, 1017 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana, 46556-5611. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 2000, and continue to be reviewed until a selection is made.


Sociology of Education Election Results. Congratulations to Karl Alexander - Chair Elect for 2001-2002, and Steven Brint and Mary C. Brinton, Council (2000-2003).



Sociology of Education Section Officers: 1999-2000

Francisco Ramirez,
Chair elect:
David P. Baker,
Past Chair:
Annette Lareau
Kevin Dougherty
Sophia Catsambis ('00); Mark Berends ('01) Chandra Muller('01) Jeanne Ballantine ('02) Gary Dworkin ('02) and Sam Lucas ('02)
Newsletter Editor:
David L. Levinson,


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