Summer 2002

In this Newsletter...

  • 2002 Sociology of Education Paper Sessions and Refereed Roundtable

  • Tribute to Alan Kerckhoff – Special Session

  • Sociology of Education Annual Dinner
  • A Note from the Section Chair

    Hi All.

    My first greeting note as Section Chair was written in the fall, mid-semester for those of us in academics. Now the spring semester is winding down and I am scrambling, along with many of you, to wrap things up (grades for graduating seniors being a matter of particular urgency!). So another school year has come and gone. I now have 30 under my belt, which ought to qualify me for some kind of award. In the real world, I would most likely be long gone—a Hopkins tie or some such trinket, a pat on the back, and, I would like to think, many good wishes. But academics are a different kind of world, and on good days, I feel as though I am just hitting my stride (I’ll keep to myself how I feel on the not-so-good days).

    It has been a busy year, and on balance a good one. Part of the busyness, and lots of the goodness, has involved section business. Stephen Plank and I, with help from Aaron Pallas at Teachers College and lots of reviewers, have just finalized the session sections and roundtables for Chicago. You can see for yourselves elsewhere in this issue the result of those labors—ours and yours. We had many wonderful submissions and the result, we believe, is an exciting lineup for Chicago. Stephen, by the way, really took charge of the process. We all owe him a debt of gratitude, most especially I. It is a big job under the best of circumstances, but beyond the expected headaches, Stephen had to master ASA’s new web-based submission/review procedures. I’m sure it will be wonderful once all the glitches are worked out, but this year’s trial run complicated life immensely for Stephen—and for many of you also, in that decisions were delayed while materials circulated round and round electronically. I should mention too that the intellectual feast awaiting us in Chicago includes several additional education sessions organized by Rita Kirshstein for the Program Committee. We are in for a real treat!

    This is not Section business, but I cannot help mentioning here that Stephen, already a research scientist colleague at the Center for Social Organization of Schools here at Hopkins, will be joining the Sociology faculty as of July 1. And he’ll be accompanied by two more new hires with specialties in education, Stefanie DeLuca, who is finishing her Ph.D. in Human Development at Northwestern, and Pam Bennett, who is finishing her Ph.D. at Michigan in their social-demography program (Pam will be doing a post-doc at Hopkins before moving into her faculty slot). Lots of exciting Soc of Ed things going on at The Hop, and I’m thrilled to have three such terrific new colleagues joining our faculty!

    But it is not all good news. I am sure you have all heard of Al Kerckhoff’s passing, a tragic loss for all of us. The ASA Program Committee has authorized a special session to honor of Al and his awesome scholarly contributions. The session is being sponsored by the Section and organized in partnership with the Duke sociology department. I am honored to be representing the Section as co-organizer; Angie O’Rand is representing the department. It is impossible to involve everyone who should be involved, but there will be Duke colleagues and some of Al’s friends from the wider sociological community. I understand too that some of Al’s family will attend. Please look for this very special session in the program and try to be there.

    The program schedule, by the way is complicated. We do not know the details yet, but you can anticipate that Section activities will be spread over several days. Saturday is Section Day, but there are only 4 session slots on Saturday and we have more than 4 sessions. At least one, we are told, is likely to spill over to Sunday. And owing to plenaries on Saturday, we are obliged to hold the Section Reception on Friday. That being the case, we have decided to have the Section dinner on Friday also (Susan Dauber, our Local Arrangements Chicago insider, tells me she’s located a terrific place for us!). So, it is a weekend stretch, and I hope most of you will be there for the duration!

    On to the Windy City!

    Karl Alexander

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    Tribute to Alan Kerckhoff – Special Session

    The ASA Program Committee for Chicago has authorized a special session to honor Alan Kerckhoff’s memory and recognize his career contributions to research and scholarship in sociology of education. The session, sponsored by the Section, is being organized in partnership with the Department of Sociology at Duke University.

    Karl Alexander, representing the Section, and Angela O’Rand, representing Duke, are serving as co-organizers and will share presiding duties at the Session.

    The time and place of the session have yet to be determined by ASA, but the following persons, friends all of Al’s, will be participating:

    Claudia Buchmann, Duke University
    Ernest Campbell, Vanderbilt University (ret.)
    Richard Campbell, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Tom DiPrete, Duke University
    Maureen Hallinan, University of Notre Dame
    Michael Hout, University of California, Berkeley
    Jeylan Mortimer, University of Minnesota
    Aaron Pallas, Teachers College, Columbia University

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    The sociology of education section will sponsor four paper sessions and one refereed roundtable session (which will share a time slot with the section business meeting, as it traditionally does). Note also that Rita Kirshstein has organized five other sociology of education “regular paper sessions.” As for the section-sponsored sessions, Stephen Plank and Karl Alexander, with help from volunteer readers at Johns Hopkins and Teachers College-Columbia, have assembled the following:

    Paper Session 1: Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability

    Presider: Jon Lorence, University of Houston


    Emily Beller, University of California, Berkeley
    Schools and the relationship between test scores and grades

    Tiffani Chin, University of California, Los Angeles
    The accountable classroom: How assessment and evaluation influence everyday classroom practices

    James Benson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    High-stakes graduation testing: Delays in on-time graduation for at-risk high school students

    Joel Andreas, University of California, Los Angeles
    The impact of the examination system, and its elimination, on the development of rural education in China

    Discussion: Aaron Pallas, Teachers College, Columbia University

    Paper Session 2: Comparing Systems of Schooling

    Presider: TBA


    Claudia Buchmann, Duke University
    Family structure and educational outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Kenya and South Africa

    Aaron Benavot and Nura Resh, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Educational governance, school autonomy and curricular implementation: A comparative study of Arab and Jewish schools in Israel

    Kathryn Schiller, State University of New York, Albany; and Chandra Muller, University of Texas, Austin
    Raising the bar: State policies and students’ mathematics and science course taking

    Christopher Swanson, Johns Hopkins University
    A comparative anatomy of reform: Standards and accountability in education

    Discussion: Mary Brinton, Cornell University

    Paper Session 3: Peers, Parents, and Socialization

    Presider: Stephen Plank, Johns Hopkins University


    Roberta Garner, Judith Bootcheck, Michael Lorr, and Kathryn Rauch, DePaul University
    The adolescent society revisited: Cultures, crowds, climates, and status structures in seven secondary schools

    Janel Benson, University of Pennsylvania
    The effects of friendship networks on achievement and the transition to college

    Daniel McFarland, Stanford University; and Simon Rodan, INSEAD, France
    Did they follow a rule or make a decision? Educational mobility patterns and the problem of embeddedness

    Kimberly Maier, Barbara Schneider, and Linda Waite, University of Chicago
    Socialization processes of the transmission of educational aspirations

    Discussion: Kenneth Frank, Michigan State University

    Paper Session 4: The Puzzle of Attachment to School

    Presider: Roslyn Mickelson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte


    Edward Morris, University of Texas, Austin
    ‘Tuck in that shirt!’: Race, gender, and discipline in an urban school

    Amy Langenkamp, University of Texas, Austin
    Crippled from within and without: Bilingual education and one school’s challenges

    Ruth Curran Neild, University of Pennsylvania; Scott Stoner-Eby, University of North Carolina; and Frank Furstenberg, University of Pennsylvania
    High school dropout: The ninth grade connection

    Lisa Chavez, WestEd
    Access to advanced mathematics for 1992 Latino high school graduates: The role of gate keeping math courses

    Discussion: Elizabeth Cohen, Stanford University

    Refereed Roundtables

    1. Leadership and School Organization
    Discussant: Louis Foleno, College of Staten Island, CUNY

    Ce Shen, Boston College; and LiangYin Shen, Qing Hua University
    How American middle schools differ from schools of East Asian countries: A discriminant analysis based on cross- national data from TIMSS 1999

    Alexander Wiseman, University of Tulsa
    A cross-national analysis of school principals as organizational managers

    Sally Kilgore, Modern Red Schoolhouse Institute; and James Jones, Mississippi State University
    Leadership in comprehensive school reform initiatives: The case of the Modern Red Schoolhouse

    2. Parental Involvement and Social Structure
    Discussant: Erin McNamara Horvat, Temple University

    Jennifer Pearson, University of Texas, Austin; Michelle Frisco, Iowa State University; and Chandra Muller, University of Texas, Austin
    Adolescent sexual decision making: Parental involvement, family structure, and academic achievement

    Ralph McNeal, University of Connecticut
    Do parents respond to reduced achievement and increased truancy by becoming involved? Investigating the parent involvement ‘reactive hypothesis’

    Todd Bernhardt, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park
    Parental network diversity and mathematical achievement: A theoretical explanation

    3. Parental Involvement and Assimilation
    Discussant: Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Princeton University

    Suet-ling Pong, Pennsylvania State University; Lingxin Hao, Johns Hopkins University; and Erica Gardner, Pennsylvania State University
    Parental involvement and children’s educational achievement

    Erendira Rueda, University of California, Berkeley
    Opinion formation in context: A qualitative study of Latino parents’ opinions about bilingual education

    Ling Wang, Pennsylvania State University
    Immigrant generation status and educational achievement: Understanding the paradox of assimilation in American life

    4. The Teaching Profession: Entry and Exit
    Discussant: Mary Haywood Metz, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Jo Anne Preston, Brandeis University
    Gender segregation, transformation of job structures, and the feminization of school teaching

    Jason LaTurner, University of Texas, Austin
    The choice to teach: A focus on gender

    Susan Wiley, independent researcher
    School processes and teacher attrition in the United States: Inequality for students in high minority schools

    J. Gregg Robinson, Grossmont College
    Teachers and poverty: Ideology and demography in the selection and retention of teachers in schools with high poverty rates

    5. Teaching: The Search for Connection and Success
    Discussant: Cynthia Coburn, University of Pittsburgh

    Kelly Fulton, University of Texas, Austin
    (Dis)connection in the classroom: Social dimensions of residential mobility

    Sarah Jones, University of California, Santa Barbara
    School success: Examining the linkages among success, school organization, and human agency

    Mustafa Ozcan, Rhode Island College; and James Maxey, American College Testing
    The effects of teacher incentive programs on student outcomes: The case of Iowa

    Lorraine Evans, University of Georgia
    Teaching teams and autonomy

    6. Contextual Effects of Schools and Communities
    Discussant: William Carbonaro, University of Notre Dame

    Elizabeth Stearns, Duke University
    School ethnic composition and high school dropout: A test of Kanter’s token hypothesis

    Jennifer McKnight, Kimberly Torres, and Ruth Curran Neild, University of Pennsylvania
    Reassessing the big-fish-little-pond effect: Examining academic self-concept and scholastic achievement among urban high school students as they transition to college

    Lori Hill, University of Michigan
    Community structure, network composition, and social capital for college

    7. Tracking: Placement and Effects
    Discussant: Julia Smith, Oakland University

    Dennis Kass, Chicago Urban League; and Andrew Hayes, University of Michigan
    Differential achievement in math and science: An analysis of the influence of class

    Regina Werum, Emory University
    Teasing out cultural and social capital effects: A case study of track placement patterns among Latinos

    Estela Ballon, University of California, Los Angeles
    Racial differences in high school math track assignment

    8. Mentoring and Guidance in and around Schools
    Discussant: TBA

    George Wimberly and Richard Noeth, ACT Inc.
    African American and Hispanic students’ college planning: The role of the urban school

    Suellen Butler, Pennsylvania State University, Delco
    School based mentoring: An analysis of best practice recognized by teachers and principals in six urban schools

    David Kinney, Brent Harger, Lisa Tiger, and Todd Williamson, Central Michigan University
    Native American educational success and culture: An applied research project and pilot mentoring program

    9. Migration, Place, and Identity
    Discussant: Tomas Rodriguez, University of Chicago

    Yasusuke Minami, Seijo University
    Student career of Japanese returnee and overseas children

    Lisa Konczal, Florida International University
    Homeland references: Forming the academic attitudes of Nicaraguan immigrant adolescents

    Cynthia Feliciano, University of California, Los Angeles
    Educational selectivity and U.S. immigration: How do immigrants compare to those left behind?

    10. Just-Plain-Interesting Potpourri
    (no discussant scheduled)

    Francisco Ramirez, Stanford University
    Eyes wide shut: University, state, and society

    Riad Nasser, Fairleigh Dickinson University
    National identity in Jordanian school textbooks

    John Robert Warren and Jennifer Lee, University of Washington
    Do job characteristics affect employed high school students’ educational outcomes?
    Robert Petrin, University of Chicago
    Discourse as resource: The distribution and effects of instruction for 10th grade math and science

    11. Representation, Opportunity, and Success in Higher Educational Institutions
    Discussant: Catherine Riegle-Crumb, University of Colorado, Boulder

    Hisashi Yamagata and Donna Williams, Association of American Medical Colleges
    Does an increase in minority faculty influence minority student representation in medical schools? Comparison of minority and female students at U.S. medical schools, 1980-2000

    Michael Wise, Appalachian State University; Catherine Harris, Wake Forest University; Velma Watts, Wake Forest University; and Willie Pearson, Jr., Georgia Institute of Technology
    Feelings of discrimination among students and traditional predictors of academic success in medical school

    Reza Nakhaie, University of Windsor
    Gender differences in publication among university professors in Canada

    12. Access and Attainment Across Time and Place
    Discussant: Jeanne Ballantine, Wright State University

    Manyee Wong, Northwestern University
    Changes in the educational attainment process over four decades: A preliminary investigation

    Isik Aytac, Bogazici University; and Bruce Rankin, Koc University
    Gender inequality in access to education and school attainment: The case of Turkey

    Raymond Wong, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Educational stratification in Eastern Europe under socialism

    13. Charter Schools and Vouchers: Politics and Practice
    Discussant: David Sikkink, University of Notre Dame

    Elizabeth McEneaney, OISE/University of Toronto
    Relative performance and niche-based competition between charter and non-charter public schools

    Laura Kleckner, University of Cincinnati
    Education reform: Does the Education Reform Bill reflect public opinion on school vouchers and charter schools?

    Marisol Clark-Ibanez, University of California, Davis
    Making meaning: Ability grouping and inequality at a charter school and non-charter public school in the inner-city

    14. Student Behavior: Links to School, Family, and Community
    Discussant: Christy Lleras, Pennsylvania State University

    Kazuaki Uekawa
    and Charles Bidwell, University of Chicago
    High school as a network organization and its implications for adolescents’ problem behaviors: Evidence from the Longitudinal Study of American Youth

    Steven Sheldon and Joyce Epstein, Johns Hopkins University
    Improving student behavior and discipline with family and community involvement

    Stephen Plank, Johns Hopkins University
    Student behavior and school organization: Cross-national analyses of the TIMSS data

    15. Discipline and Social Control
    Discussant: James Ainsworth-Darnell, Georgia State University

    Paul Hirschfield, Northwestern University
    Schools, delinquents, and prisons: Extending the correspondence thesis

    Robert Garot, University of California, Los Angeles
    “It’s the WAY you wear them”: The enforcement of school dress codes and the embodiment of dress at an inner-city alternative school

    Sandra Way, University of Arizona
    The influence of high school discipline and perceptions of authority on student behavior

    16. Business and Private Interests in Education
    Discussant: Daniel McFarland, Stanford University

    Katherine Hughes, Margaret Terry Orr, and Melinda Mechur Karp, Teachers College, Columbia University
    ‘Business Partnerships for American Education’: Employer involvement in the National Academy Foundation’s High School Career Academies

    Scott Davies, McMaster University
    School choice by default? Understanding the growing demand for private tutoring in Canada

    Keiko Hirao, Sophia University
    Privatized education market and maternal employment in Japan

    17. Evaluation and Aspiration
    Discussant: Gary Dworkin, University of Houston

    Min-Hsiung Huang, Academia Sinica
    Learning effects of public screening and evaluative examinations: A cross-national study

    Stefanie DeLuca, Johns Hopkins University; James Rosenbaum, Northwestern University; and Takehiko Kariya, University of Tokyo
    Beyond achievement scores: The effects of exit exams on the effort and aspirations of high school students

    Regina Deil-Amen, Northwestern University
    Warming up aspirations among community college students: Identity in context

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    Thematic (Invited) Session for 2002 ASA Meetings
    The Sociology of Community Colleges

    Organizer and Presider: David B. Bills, University of Iowa Presenters Kevin Dougherty, Teachers College, Columbia University
    “Class and Economy: New Roles of Community Colleges in Social Stratification and Economic Development.”

    Steven Brint, University of California-Riverside
    “Few Remaining Dreams: Community Colleges and the Rationalization of American Higher Education since 1985.”

    Regina Deil-Amen, James E. Rosenbaum, and Berit Vannebo, Northwestern University
    “Community Colleges and Social Reproduction: Social Skills as Cultural Capital”

    Debra Bragg, University of Illinois
    “How Race, Gender, and Ethnicity Impact Student Transition from High School to College and Work”

    Discussant: Carol Schmid, Guilford Technical Community College

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    Education and Sociology: An Encyclopedia
    Edited by: David Levinson, Peter Cookson Jr., Alan Sadovnik
    RoutledgeFalmer Press, 2002
    ISBN: 0815316151; $165.00

    Book Description

    Pooling together writings from the leading academic authorities in education today, this single-volume reference provides readers and researchers with provocative, new topics and issues in the sociology of education. Entries cover both national and international perspectives and studies, as well as tackling controversial points in education today, from gender inequality to globalization, minorities to meritocracy. This unique encyclopedia is an incomparable title for today’s educational researchers and will prove to be insightful with the continuing studies in sociology of education and sociology and education.

    From the Critics
    From Library Journal

    With topics ranging from adolescence and schools to educational assessment, working parents, and race and gender inequality, this stimulating, well-developed compilation of essays covering the common ground between education and sociology is sure to satisfy both educators and researchers. Over 90 contributors offer a variety of perspectives, highlighting key topics like affirmative education, Catholic schools, the economics of education, globalization, home schooling, and teacher burnout. Editors Levinson (Bergen Community Coll.), Peter W. Cookson Jr. (Teachers Coll., Columbia Univ.), and Alan R. Sadovnik (Rutgers Univ.) have created a book that goes beyond simplistic definitions, effectively articulating historical perspective, current research, pedagogic discourse, and directions for further discussion and research. The alphabetical listing of topics will help beginners as well as ardent researchers concentrate on areas of interest, while the detailed index helps in locating subject overlaps and areas of comparison. A unique compilation that is international in scope; recommended for academic libraries, schools of education and sociology, and public libraries seeking to offer a broad overview of current topics in these disciplines.

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    On What is Learned In School
    University of Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois

    With a New Prologue by the Author

    From the Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition . . .
    When it was written . . . I saw On What Is Learned in School as a kind of speculative essay intended to contribute to a rather
    undeveloped body of literature. Over the years its meanings have changed . . . . A reprinted book is in one sense the same
    book, but in another sense it is a markedly different one.”

    From the Sociology of Education review symposium . . .
    “[O]ne of the very best books written about the sociology of schools. The book benefits from a clear theoretical perspective,
    which illuminates the dynamics of a personality as it passes from the world of the family of origin to the adult world of work and
    Amitai Etzioni
    A volume in the series Foundations of Sociology

    ISBN 0-9719587-0-X/paperback/194 pp./illus./est. July 2002/$28.00
    Please send a check or money order in U.S. funds only. For domestic orders please add $4.00 postage and handling for the first book and $1.00 for each additional book. For international orders please add $5.00 postage and handling for the first book and $1.00 for each additional book. New York State residents please add 7.25% sales tax to the entire order, including postage and handling; Canadian residents please add 7% GST. Be sure to include your telephone and fax numbers and your e-mail address with your order.

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    Sociology of Education
    Annual Section Dinner
    August 16, 2002

    7 p.m. Cocktails
    8 p.m. Dinner

    200 South Wacker Drive
    Phone: 312-627-1800
    (in the heart of Chicago’s Loop area, between the Sears Tower and Union Station)

    Please join us for this enjoyable and delectable event. Start with cocktails and hors d’ouevres in Quincy Park overlooking the Chicago River, and then enjoy the fine, contemporary cuisine in this critically acclaimed restaurant.

    Hor d’ouevres: Sun dried tomato bruschetta with shaved parmesan, prosciutto wrapped seasonal melon canapé, & pot sticker dumplings with ginger-soy sauce
    Salad: Mandarin spinach with orange vinaigrette
    Entrée: (choice of)
    Atlantic salmon filet with scallion relish & champagne dill cream sauce OR roasted double chicken breast with tomato salsa & bourbon sauce OR pasta with stir fry vegetables with olive and caper dressing
    Dessert: Assorted dessert platter with coffee service

    Total cost for the dinner is $50.00 per person
    (includes tax and gratuity)

    Pay in advance by July 31, 2002 but select your entrée at the dinner.

    Please send your check, payable to Susan Dauber to:
    Susan Dauber, ASA Annual Section Dinner, Sociology of Education, The Spencer Foundation,
    875 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3930, Chicago, IL 60611-1803.
    Click here for printable receipt to send with your payment.

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    Sociology of Education Section Officers
    2002 - 2003

    Chair: Karl Alexander, Johns Hopkins University,
    Chair-elect: Barbara Schneider,
    Treasurer/Secretary: Kevin Dougherty,
    Past Chair: David Baker,

      Chandra Muller, University of Texas,
    Jeanne Ballantine, Wright State,
    A. Gary Dworkin,
    Sam Lucas, University of Berkeley,
    Mark Berends, Rand Corporation,
    Steve Brint, University of California - Irvine,
    Mary Brinton, Cornell University,
    Kathryn Schiller,
    Karen Bradley*,
    David Kinney*

    *Bradley and Kinney tied for second seat; both will serve one-year staggering terms

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    Editorial Assistant Robin Harvison,

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