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Sociology in a Social Context

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Sociology in a Social Context SOC1060

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Notes taken on Week 4, Feb. 2nd
Freshman Seminar: Sociology of Education
Professor Kalasia Daniels
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Madison Notetaker on Tuesday February 2, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOC1060 at University of Cincinnati taught by Professor Kalasia Daniels in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 18 views. For similar materials see Freshman Seminar: Sociology of Education in Sociology at University of Cincinnati.

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Date Created: 02/02/16
Sociology in a social context -External influences  The social context  “Raw products” – the children  The “public”  Federal, state and local governments  Parents and the community Meyer and Rowan article -Structure of educational organizations  Education occurs in large, public bureaucracies  Bureaucracy: formal organization characterized by written procedural rules, arranged in a clear hierarchy of authority, and staffed by full-time paid officials -Growth of corporate schooling  Meet the needs of political and corporate organizations -Organizational management of standardized classifications Avoidance of evaluation and inspection Noguera article -Research shows that poverty affects the performance of students in three ways  External support: Academic and social support is less available to students outside of school  Environmental obstacles: Adverse conditions influence students’ health, safety, and well-being, which invariably influence learning  Negative social capital: Adverse conditions undermine the ability of parents and schools to influence the character of Schools and ensure that they serve their interests -Broader, Bolder Approach (BBA) reform plan  Tries to mitigate problem of poverty hindering academic performance with multipronged approach Warren and Grodsky article  What are exit exams?  Arguments for exit exams  Arguments against exit exams  Do exit exams lower graduation rates?  Do exit exams improve how much students learn?  Do exit exams prepare students for work -Exit exams: standardized tests that assess mastery of basic skills in order to graduate -Arguments for exit exams: academic achievement increases and better prepares students -Arguments against exit exams: denies diploma with limited alternatives, limits curriculum, bias to poor students, and expensive to implement  Do exit exams lower graduation rates: yes  Do exit exams improve how much students learn: no  Do exit exams prepare students for work: no -How did we get here?  Florida  California  Court cases challenge -Where do we go from here?  Fix the tests  Eliminate the tests -Science vs. politics -Should we keep state-testing?


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