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Sociology of Education Fall 2006 Course H540 Wednesdays 4 00 6 45pm Sylvia Martinez Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Latino Studies W W Wright Education Building Room 4260 201 North Rose Ave Phone number 812 856 8582 symartin indiana edu Office hours Thursdays 2 4pm and by appointment Course Objectives This course will examine the relationships between education and society by reviewing a variety of theoretical perspectives and empirical studies Topics include social mobility and stratification social reproduction the dynamics of race class and gender in education social capital the student teacher relationship teaching as a profession school choice and higher education Course Requirements Students will be required to write two papers for this course and three smaller response papers Paper 1 A paper on the implications for equality of educational opportunity based on the comparison of two schools I would like you to choose two high schools elementary schools or middle schools and compare them based on information i e racial composition expenditures per student tests scores school report cards etc you find online About 3 4 pages of the paper should be dedicated to the descriptions of the schools use of graphs and tables are encouraged but not required and the remaining pages should discuss the implications for equality of educational opportunity The following website will be helpful http ideanet doe state in us htmls k12 html but you can use any other sources as well This paper is due September 27th at the beginning of class and should be no more than eight double spaced pages Three Response Papers Response papers should cover the week s readings 3 topics of your choice You should aim at writing a discussion organized around a key idea or set of ideas not a summary of the readings In particular it is often better not to discuss the 1 readings one by one but to try to make connections between them and work toward a few general



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