Summer 1999

Annual Section Dinner

Saturday, August 7, 1999 at 7:00 PM

RUSSIAN TEA TIME - 77 East Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Please join us for this enjoyable and delectable event. Featuring fine cuisine from Russia, the Ukraine, and Georgia, the restaurant boasts of a dark, classy decor with rich red tones and mahogany accents. A special menu has been prepared for sociologists of education:

  • Black Rye Bread with onions
  • Salad with choice of dressing
  • Entree (choice given at dinner) - Beef Stroganoff , Chicken Paprikash or Stuffed Green Bell Peppers (vegetarian entrée)
  • Dessert (choice given at dinner) - Dark Chocolate Parisian ice Cream with Raspberry Sorbet or White Chocolate Parisian Ice Cream with Passion Fruit Sorbet
  • Beverage - choice of Soft Drinks, Tea and Coffee; Cash bar beginning at $5.00 per glass

Total cost: $36.75 per person ($29.00 for meal, 9.75% sales tax and 17% gratuity)


Please send your check, payable to Annette Lareau, to her at the following address: SOE DINNER, Department of Sociology, 756 Gladfelter Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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1998-99 Sociology of Education Section Committee Members and Council

Ad hoc Awards committee - Teachers College Press award: Amy S. Wells - Chair, Karl Alexander, and Aaron Benovat

Communications: David Levinson, Massachusetts Bay Community - Newsletter Editor; Carl Schmitt, Department of Education, Web Page manager; Rob Kadel, Pennsylvania State University, Listserv Manager

Graduate student paper award committee: James Rosenbaum - Chair, Mark Berends, Salvatore Saporito, William Velez, and Linda Grant

Membership: A. Gary Dworkin

Nominations committee: Katy Schiller - Chair, Corneilus Riordan, and Sophia Catsambis

Program committee: Annette Lareau - Chair, Grace Kao, Richard Armur, Richard Ingersol, and Salvatore Saporito

Spencer Reception Committee: Maureen Hallinan - Chair, Pam Walters, and Alan Sadovnick

Willard Waller award committee (Article): Francisco Rameriz - Chair, Chandra Mueller, Kevin Dougherty, and Julia Wrigley

1998-99 Sociology of Education Council: Chair: Annette Lareau -; Chair-Elect: Francisco Ramirez -; Past-Chair: Aaron Pallas; Secretary/Treasurer: David Baker -; Council Members - Amy Wells (’99); William Velez (’99) -; Sophia Catsambis (’00); Francisco Ramirez (’00); Mark Berends (’01) - ; Chandra Muller(’01) -




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Sociology of Education Highlights at 1999 ASA Annual Meeting

  • David Stevenson Remembrance - Friday, August 6 at 7:30 PM (see below)
  • Business Meeting - Saturday, August 7 at 9:30 AM
  • Dinner - Saturday, August 7 at 7:00 PM (see first page; reservation deadline July 25th)
  • Section-sponsored paper sessions on Saturday August 7: #121 Referred Roundtables at 8:30 AM; #149 Race and Education at 10:30 AM; #181 Education and Life Outcomes: Mediating Forces at 12:30 PM; #209 Culture, Organizational Dynamics and Schools at 2:30 PM (see pp.4-9 in this newsletter)
  • Regular Sociology of Education sessions: #12 Regional and School Education Policy on Friday, August 6 at 8:30 AM; #58 National and State Education Policy on Friday, August 6 at 12:30 PM; #293 Thematic Session - Education at Century's End: A Retrospective and Prospective Analysis on Sunday, August 8 at 4:30 PM; #330 Cross-National Education Policy Perspectives on Monday, August 9 at 8:30 AM; and #360 Higher Education Policy on Monday, August 9 at 10:30 AM. (see pp. 9-12 in this newsletter)
  • Reception – Sunday, August 8 at 6:30 PM. Pat Graham, Spencer Foundation president, is sponsoring this reception in honor of the following constituents: Alex Portes, ASA president and member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, Spencer Foundation grant recipients, and all researchers who have enhanced our understanding of educational issues.

Please see final program for location of sessions and events

David Stevenson Remembrance at ASA Annual Meeting

Friday, August 6 at 7:30 PM

The Sociology of Education section is sponsoring a "celebration of the life" David Stevenson, Assistant Director for the Social and Behavioral Sciences at the White House, who died unexpectedly during the winter. David received his Ph.D. from Yale and taught at Oberlin. He was at Stanford as a post-doctoral fellow. He spent many years in Washington DC involved in educational policy. When he died, he had moved to the White House. David was also very active in the section. Last year he was the Chair of the Willard Waller Award and made the presentation to Alan Kerckhof.f. He also was a member of council.

 We are planning a remembrance program at ASA. The program will be on the first night of the annual meeting, Friday Aug 11 at 7:30 PM. The speakers include Kai Erickson, Professor of Sociology at Yale and past president of ASA, who was the chair of David's dissertation committee and Barbara Schneider, Professor of Sociology at University of Chicago, who co-authored a book with David The Ambitious Generation: America's Teenagers, Motivated but Directionless that was published by Yale shortly after his death.

The section will host a wine and cheese reception following the program. We hope you will share this invitation with your friends, colleagues, and graduate students who knew David. If you have any questions regarding this program contact Chandra Muller at or (512) 471-1122.


Sociology of Education Section Sponsored Sessions at ASA Meeting

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

Refereed Roundtables (8:30-9:30 a.m.)

Organizer: Annette Lareau, Temple University

1. Influence of Factors Outside of School on Education Attainment

Table Presider: David Baker, Pennsylvania State University

Investigating How Adolescent Employment, Socioeconomic Status, and Labor Markets Affect Educational Attainment: The Case of High School Dropouts. Ralph McNeal, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Exploring the Extra Curriculum: Student Investments Outside the Classroom. Christopher Swanson, University of Chicago

2. Consequences of Institutional Experiences

Table Presider/Discussant: TBA

Reconsidering the Effects of Student Employment on Academic Outcomes: A New Theory and Better Data. John Robert Warren, Ramira Alamilla, and Andrew Riggle, University of Washington

3. Why Literacy Matters

Table Presider/Discussant: Emily Hannum, Harvard University

Savings and the Ability to Do Math Story Problems: Why You Should Have Paid More Attention in Seventh Grade. David Rhodes, American Institutes for Research

Education and Voting: The Importance of Literacy, Literacy Practices, and Social Networks. William J. Carbonaro, University of Wisconsin, Madison

4. Race and Achievement

Table Presider/Discussant: Meredith Phillips, University of California, Los Angeles

High School Racial Composition: Balancing Excellence and Equity. Shelly Brown, University of Michigan

Notes from the Back of the Room: How Tensions between Schooling Goals for Black Students Undermine Learning and Other Problems of Cultural Coaching. Karolyn Tyson, University of California, Berkeley

5. Factors Influencing Achievement and Advancement to College

Table Presider/Discussant: Kathryn S. Schiller, State University of New York, Albany

The Effects of Teacher Expectations on Black, White, and Latino Students’ Growth in Academic Achievement. Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Harvard University

Values, Structures, and Post-Secondary Matriculation. Robert Petrin, University of Chicago

6. Feeling as if You Belong: Membership in Schools

Table Presider/Discussant: Michael Olneck, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Students’ Perceptions of Membership and Their High Schools. Becky A. Smerdon, American Institutes for Research

School Racial Context and Educational Achievement among Minority Youth. Sandra M. Way, University of Arizona

7. Race and Education

Presider/Discussant: Linda Grant, University of Georgia, Athens

Surfing the "Model Minority" Wave of Success: Vietnamese Youth and the Construction of Academic Identity and Ideology. Gilberto Q. Conchas, University of Michigan

"I’m Not Going to Think of You as Black, I’ll Just Think of You as My Friend": Color-Blind Ideologies and Exclusionary Race Relations on a Predominately White Campus. Amanda Lewis, Mark Chesler, and Tyrone Forman, University of Michigan

8. Day to Day Realities of Schooling

Table Presider/Discussant: Katherine Brown Rosier, Louisiana State University

Caught between a "Soft" and a "Hard" Place: Issues of Gender Identify in the Schooling and Job Behaviors of Low-Income Minority Youth. Prudence L. Carter, Columbia University

Beyond the Burden of Being a "Nerd": Delineating Successful Trajectories during the Transition to High School among Urban Adolescents. David A. Kinney, Central Michigan University

9. Dropping Out of High School

Table Presider/Discussant: Sean F. Reardon, Harvard University

The Timing of High School Dropout. Douglas Anderson, University of Southern Maine

A Test of Three Sociological Explanations of High School Completion. Edward B. Reeves and Edward F. Breschel, Morehead State University

10. Work and School

Table Presider/Discussant: Richard Arum, University of Arizona

Employer Support of Job-Related Education: Paying the Cost to Be the Boss. David B. Bills, University of Iowa

Making the Transition: Work Experiences after High School. Phaedra Daipha, Lisa Hoogstra, and Dashiell Shapiro, University of Chicago & NORC

11. Tracking

Table Presider/Discussant: Paul LePore, University of Washington

Explaining the Dominance of Downward Track Mobility for the Mobile. Samuel R. Lucas, University of California, Berkeley

Tracking and Distressed Schools: Double Jeopardy for Parent and Student Educational Plans. Ana-Maria Wahl, Naomi Lacy, and Helen A. Moore, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

12. Gender and Math

Table Presider/Discussant: Thomas Hoffer, University of Chicago

The Impact of Children’s Part-Time Work on Math and Science Achievement: An International Comparison. David Post, Pennsylvania State University

Testing Explanations for Sex Differences in Math and Science Achievement. Anastasia S. Vogt Yuan and Douglas B. Downey, Ohio State University

13. Parent Involvement

Table Presider/Discussant: Joyce Epstein, Johns Hopkins University

Parents Matter: Influences of Parental Involvement on School-Related Behaviors, Plans, and Expectations. Sophia Catsambis and Belkis Suazo-Garcia, Queens College, City University of New York

Sixth Grade Madness: Parental Emotion Work in the Private High School Application Process. Tiffani Chin, University of California, Los Angeles

14. School Choice: Parents’ Requests and Schools’ Decisions

Table Presider/Discussant: Peter W. Cookson, Jr., Columbia University

Surprising Admissions: An Analysis of Acceptances to Public Magnet Schools. Ruth C. Neld, University of Pennsylvania

The Parent Swap: Constructing School Quality, Safety, and Urban Youth and Ranking Area High Schools. Angela Irvine, Northwestern University

15. Looking Inside Schools: Issues of Engagement

Table Presider/Discussant: Sally Kilgore, Modern Red Schoolhouse Institute

Solving the Personalism/Academic Press Puzzle: Meeting the Requirements of Equity. Douglas D. Ready and Karen E. Ross, University of Michigan

Educational Wastelands in America: Towards a Sociological Theory of Minding. Gad Yair, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

16. Cultural Capital, Habitus

Table Presider/Discussant: David Swartz, Boston University

Understanding Educational Opportunity and the Importance of Habitus: A Theoretical Essay. Erin McNamara Horvat, Temple University

Social Capital, Cultural Capital, and Caring Teachers: The Perspectives of Street Savvy Students and a "Magic Teacher." Lory J. Dance, University of Maryland

17. Race, School Choices, Education

Table Presider/Discussant: Barbara Schneider, University of Chicago

Private Schooling as a Strategic Event. Salvatore Saporito, Temple University; Joshua Freeley, Temple University

Does Student Mobility Contribute to Racial and Ethnic Differences in Student Achievement Growth? A Study of Central School District. Eric Grodsky, University of Wisconsin, Madison

18. Educational and Occupational Experiences

Table Presider/Discussant: Kimberlee Shauman, University of California, Davis

Thriving in Academia: Correlates of Success and Satisfaction among Women Faculty. Kathryn Borman, Jeffrey Kromrey, Amy F. Fox, and Ellen Puccia, University of South Florida

A Matter of Degree(s): Twentieth-Century Trends in Occupational Status Returns to Educational Credentials in Canada. Richard Wanner, University of Calgary

19. Urban Schools

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

The Disorganization of Schools: Turbulence in the School Year and Its Impact on Achievement. Chris Weiss, University of Pennsylvania

Political Cultures and Contrasting Modes of School Reform in New York and Los Angeles. Julia C. Wrigley, City University of New York Graduate Center

20. Assessing Systems of Higher Education

Table Presider/Discussant: David Karen, Bryn Mawr College

The Stratification of Israeli Universities: Implications for Higher Education Policy. Abraham Yogev, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Educational Expansion in Belgium: A Systems Theoretical Analysis. Raf Vanderstraeten, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

21. Organization and Processes in Higher Education

Table Presider/Discussant: Kevin Doughtery, Manhattan College

The Changing Role of Trustees in the Governance of Higher Education. Joan Z. Spade, Lehigh University

Reframing Remedial Education: An Examination of Remediation as a Systemic Phenomenon. Kathleen M. Shaw, Temple University

22. Factors Influencing Decisions to Further Education

Table Presider/Discussant: Anthony Antonio, Stanford University

Planning Resources and Post Secondary Education: A Preliminary Examination of the Effects of School Characteristics on College Matriculation. Lori D. Hill, University of Chicago

Background Effects on School Continuation Decisions: Evidence from Baccalaureate and Beyond, 1993/4. Brian K. Finch, University of Texas, Austin

23. Higher Education: Selected Issues

Table Presider/Discussant: David Levinson, Massachusetts Community College

The Effect of State Financial Aid Policy on the Tuition Student Face. Ellen M. Bradburn, National Center for Education Statistics

Who Goes to College? Features of Institutional Tracking in Japanese Higher Education. Hiroshi Ono, University of Chicago

24. Predictors of Achievement

Table Presider/Discussant: Regina E. Werum, Emory University

Friends and Classmates: Peer Influences and Educational Achievement in Developing Countries. Ben Dalton and Claudia Buchmann, Duke University

Curricular Policy and Inequality in Achievement. Hanna Ayalon, Tel Aviv University, Israel

25. Gay Groups in Schools

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

Debates over Gay Students Groups in Public Schools: An Analysis of Power/Knowledge in Practice. Melinda Miceli, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Please attend the Sociology of Education Section Business Meeting at 9:30 AM

Same location as the Refereed Roundtables


149. Race and Education - August 7 at 10:30 AM

Organizer and Presider: Annette Lareau, Temple University

Warehousing the Unemployed – Whites Only: Federal Job Training Programs in the Depression-Era South. Regina E. Werum, Emory University

College Graduates in Math and Science: A Study of Institutional Selectivity, Race, and Gender. Ann L. Mullen, National Center for Education Statistics

White Means Never Having to Say You’re Ethnic: A Comparative Ethnography in High Schools of the Construction of "White" as "Cultureless." Pamela G. Perry, Harvard Children’s Initiative

Honest Teens: Race and Ethnic Differences. Judith R. Blau and Elizabeth Stearns, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Discussion: Roslyn Mickelson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

181. Education and Life Outcomes: Mediating Forces - August 7 at 12:30 PM

Organizer: Annette Lareau, Temple University

Presider: Valerie E. Lee, University of Michigan

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

Do Low-SES Students Get Less Payoff for Their School Efforts? James E. Rosenbaum and Stefanie Deluca, Northwestern University

The Effectiveness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Providing Teacher Education: Multilevel Models of Influences on Teacher Certification Examination Scores. Harold Wenglinsky, Educational Testing Service

The State and the Production of Human Capital: Toward a Comparative Sociology of Cross-National Achievement Differences. David P. Baker, Robert S. Kadel, Gerald K. Letendre, Motoko Akiba, and Alex Wiseman, Pennsylvania State University

Discussion: Karl L. Alexander, Johns Hopkins University

209. Culture, Organizational Dynamics, and Schools - August 7 at 2:30 PM

Organizer: Annette Lareau, Temple University

Presider: Anthony S. Bryk, University of Chicago

The Consequences of Re-Moralizing the School: Socialization Ideals and Practices in 57 Primary School Classrooms. Steven G. Brint, Mary Contreras, and Mike Matthews, University of California, Riverside

Situation and Repertoire: Civility, Incivility, Cursing and Politeness in an Urban High School. Stephen B Plank, Edward L. McDill, James M. McPartland, and Will J. Jordan, John Hopkins University

Race-Gender High School Lessons. Nancy Lopez, City University of New York Graduate Center

Why Do Some Curricular Challenges Work, while Others Do Not?: The Case of Three Afrocentric Challenges: Atlanta, Washington DC, and New York State. Amy J. Binder, University of Southern California

Discussion: Richard Ingersoll, University of Georgia, Athens


12. Regional and School Education Policy - August 6 at 8:30 AM

Organizer: Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University

Presider: Sophia Catsambis, Queens College, City University of New York

School Restructuring and Teachers’ Working Conditions: Preliminary Evidence from Chicago School Reform. Douglas B. Currivan, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Riverside Organizational Segregation of Student Achievement within Elementary Schools: The Influence of Multi-Track Year-Round Schools. Douglas E. Mitchell and Ross E. Mitchell, University of California, Riverside

Chicago’s High Schools: A Statewide, 1993-98 Analysis of the Effects of the Chicago School Reforms. William Rau, Paul J. Baker, and Dianne Ashby, Illinois State University

School Restructuring as Policy Agenda: Some Cautionary Evidence for Disadvantaged Schools. Roger Shouse, Pennsylvania State University; and Lawrence J. Mussoline, Pine Grove Mills Area School District

High Schools Divided into Schools-within-Schools: Prevalence and Design Formats. Valerie E. Lee, Douglas D. Ready, and David J. Johnson, University of Michigan

Discussion: Julia C. Wrigley, City University of New York Graduate Center

58. National and State Education Policy - August 6 at 12:30 PM

Organizer: Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University

Presider: Amy Stuart Wells, University of California, Los Angeles

Reforming High-Poverty Schools: Moving from Theory to Practice. Robert Cooper, Johns Hopkins University

The State Politics of Charter Schooling: The Cases of California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Kevin Dougherty and Brigitte Nahas, Manhattan College

Effects of School, District, and State Funding Policies on Programs of School, Family, and Community Partnerships. Joyce Epstein, Laurel A. Clark, Mavis G. Sanders, and Frances E. Van Voorhis, Johns Hopkins University

States’ Assessment Policies as Incentive Systems and Students’ Academic Attainment. Chandra Muller, University of Texas, Austin; and Kathryn S. Schiller, State University of New York, Albany

To School, To Market: Visions of the Market and the Reconstruction of American Education. Jeanne Powers, University of California, San Diego; and Peter W. Cookson, Jr., Columbia University

Discussion: Elizabeth L. Useem, Philadelphia Education Fund

293. Thematic Session. Education at Century’s End: A Retrospective and Prospective Analysis - Sunday, August 8 at 4:30 PM

Organizers: Charles E. Bidwell, University of Chicago; Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Maureen T. Hallinan, University of Notre Dame

Presider: Maureen T. Hallinan, University of Notre Dame

Stability and Change in the Structure of American School in the 20th Century. Charles E. Bidwell, University of Chicago

Sociological Contributions to the Understanding of Race and Education. Maureen T. Hallinan, University of Notre Dame

Education in Social Mobility and the Life Course. Aaron Pallas, Michigan State University

The Sociological Analysis of Educational Expansion. Richard Rubinson, Emory University

A Sociology of Schooling for the 21st Century. Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin, Madison

330. Cross-National Education Policy Perspectives - Monday, August 9 at 8:30 AM

Organizer: Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University

Presider: David L. Levinson, Massachusetts Bay Community College

Differences in Educational Attainment and Religious Socialization of Ex-Pupils from Grammar Schools with Public, Catholic, Protestant, and Private Background in the German State of Nordrhein-Westfalen during the 1970s and 1980s. Jaap Dronkers, University of Armsterdam, The Netherlands; and W. Hemsing, University of Koln, Germany

The Impact of Class Size on Math and Science Achievement: An International Study of the Intervening Roles of Curriculum and Instruction. Suet-ling Pong, Pennsylvania State University; and Aaron Pallas, Michigan State University

Reforming Meritocracy: Unintended Consequences for Engaging Youths’ Effort. Takehiko Kariya, University of Tokyo, Japan; and James E. Rosenbaum, Northwestern University

Progressives and Their Zeitgeists: Justifying School Reform in Three Eras. Scott Davies, McMaster University

Discussion: Gary Natriello, Columbia University

360. Higher Education Policy - Monday, August 9 at 10:30 AM

Organizer: Caroline Hodges Persell, New York University

Presider: Carl M. Schmitt, U.S. Department of Education

Parental Financial Support and College Choice. Fengbin Chang, University of Chicago; Barbara Schneider, University of Chicago; and David L. Stevenson, U.S. Department of Education

Adult Women in College: A Life-History Analysis. Rosalind Berkowitz King and Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania

An Empirical Deconstruction of Graduate School Ratings Using a Merit-Artifact Model. Pamela Paxton, Ohio State University; and Kenneth A. Bollen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Changing Employment Demands and Requirements for College Graduates: Focus Group Interviews with Industry, State Agency, and School District Representatives in Texas. Mary Zey, Alvin Luedke, and Steve Murdock, Texas A&M University

Discussion: Floyd M. Hammack, New York University

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