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Unformatted text preview: Education Education Education Education Formal- skills and knowledge skills Informal-values, norms, status, -values, gender roles, gender Schools are social institutions which Schools attempt to educate and reinforce social norms and values. norms -Functionalist perspective -Functionalist -Conflict perspective Formal curriculum- academic subjects Hidden curriculum- teaching methods, school environment /resources, teacher’s attitude attitude -Symbolic interaction perspective Global Comparisons Global 80% of American 15 year olds expect to have a 80% high-skilled white-collar job by age 30. high-skilled Less than 50% of French and German 15 year Less olds expect the same. olds ______________________________________ Less than 10 percent of American students are Less enrolled in a vocational program yet in Europe between 36-81 percent are enrolled in a vocational school. vocational Tracking Tracking Tracking refers to sorting students into distinct instructional groups based on past classroom performance, performance on standardized tests, anticipated performance and other subjective rankings of the teachers Research Studies on tracking Research Researchers have found that tracking Benefits high-performing students only The different tracks do not receive similar resources The in terms of quality and quantity of education in Students placed in high level tracks report a positive Students self-image, while in the lower tracks, a low-selfself-image, image. Minority students and students from a low-income or Minority single parents are more likely to be tracked into lowest groups. lowest Teachers in low tracks report low job satisfaction Language Contradictions Language The U.S. is one of the only industrialized The nations which does not require students to learn at least one other language. to In the European Union, mandatory In foreign language study begins as early as age five. as Social Factors Social Class Gender Race/ethnicity Family Self-fulfilling prophecy Stereotype threat Extra credit Extra Look up information about the high Look school you attended. Write a one-page description of your school and describe the ways that you think you benefited or were held back by the type of school you went to. Think Sociologically!! went Midterm Midterm 25 Multiple Choice 25 True/False One Short Answer Question At a local high school, there is tension between the At students and the school administrators/teachers. The students feel that they are not being treated fairly, that they are always targeted for disciplinary measures such as detention even when they don’t deserve it, and that the teachers don’t care about them. The teachers feel that these students don’t care about school, they don’t pay attention and that they are ruining the school with their bad behavior and bad test scores. Only knowing this little bit of information and without taking sides, how is it possible for these two groups to have such different views (think social location/social construction). views In the newspaper today, there is an article about “a In growing social phenomenon among teens in Hong Kong called "compensated dating," a practice in which a young woman agrees to go on a date with a man for a fee. More often than not, the date involves sex.” According to the article, most girls who engage in “compensated dating” don't view themselves as prostitutes, which is illegal in Hong Kong , The girls explain that they do it for material goods that their friends have and the girls come from all socioeconomic levels. What sociological concepts are useful to understand this article? understand ...
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2010 for the course SOC 2454 taught by Professor Childs,e. during the Spring '10 term at CUNY Hunter.

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