Sociology of Education: An Introductory View from Canada by Joyce BarakettSociology of Education: An Introductory View from Canada by Joyce Barakett

Sociology of Education: An Introductory View from Canada

byJoyce Barakett, Ailie Cleghorn

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This book is written for undergraduate students who seek a sociological understanding of the educational process.  It is written especially  for students in education or sociology who, as future educators, need to be knowledgeable about current sociological debates in education in general, and in Canadian education in particular.  In this new edition, students will learn about sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives that will allow them to understand the ways in which formal and informal aspects of the educational system are connected to many sectors of society, including the political, economic, legal, and religious realms. 




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Title:Sociology of Education: An Introductory View from CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 7.05 × 0.5 inPublished:April 9, 2007Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0132255499

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To the Student I wrote this book for you, and to you. I spent over a dozen years helping students learn Unix in both a training environment and in academia. I watched them struggle with concepts and found ways to help them learn. Now, through the medium of this book, I hope to help you as well. This isn't a traditional textbook. I don't use the editorial "we." When I talk to you . . . well, I'm talking to you. I will show you things that work, and sometimes things that don't, so you don't have to make the same mistakes I've made. I've used a lot of examples in the text, so you can play along and see how the commands work firsthand. Playing is an important part of learning Unix. You can't learn Unix just by reading about it any more than you can learn to ride a bicycle just by reading about it. To get the most out of the book, you need to have a Unix system available to you and try the things I show you. Then you need to do the exercises at the end of each chapter to better learn the commands and concepts. This isn't a reference book. There are a plethora of reference books out there, and you'll need to acquire a few of them, for reference. This is a textbook. The order in which I present the concepts in this book is sometimes very important. For example, first I teach you about grep, next I teach you about sed, and then I teach you about awk, which is based on grep and sed. That may not be the order you wish to use for reference, which is why this isn't a reference book. This isn't a "complete" Unix book either, it's a beginning Unix book. Together we will acquire the skills you need to be a Unix "power user." We're not going to dabble with Unix system administration—that's a whole different ballgame. The skills you learn in this book are the groundwork you need before you begin Unix system administration. We also don't get heavily into shell scripting, for that, too, is a different skill set. What you hold in your hands is the better part of a year of my life. It's based on how Unix is used in industry, how industry trains Unix folks, and on watching students work at learning Unix. I hope you enjoy learning about Unix and working with Unix as much as I do. If you're new to Unix you're about to begin a wonderful adventure. If you're already familiar with Unix you're holding a tool that can help you become much more proficient. Either way, we will have some work ahead of us and, hopefully, as well, some fun! If you have just a little faith in me, together we will build a solid beginning for your journey into the wild, wonderful, and sometimes wacky world of Unix. Enjoy! To the Instructor Teaching a subject like Unix is an awesome task. Just deciding what parts of the vast universe of Unix to teach can be intimidating. I built a book to help you help your students learn about Unix. Together I'm sure we can wean your students away from substandard operating systems and help them learn the One True Operating System. The chapters are ordered in a way that I have found helps students learn. For example, teaching them the ed editor first makes learning both vi and sed easier. Besides, if you teach them ed first, when you finally let them use vi they'll thank you for it. I found that when I taught vi first, students bemoaned the fact that it didn't have the features of a word processor. But when I taught them the ed editor first, they were delighted with vi. Another example: Both grep and sed are presented before awk, since the design of awk was based on sed and grep. Following are some tools that will be helpful in conjunction with this book: The companion Web site for the book contains all of the data files I used in the examples and all of the sample scripts I show in the book. The URL is There are also some self-test questions on the Web site so your students can check their understanding. TeraTerm Pro is the telnet software used for most of the screen captures. It can be downloaded from Using that software your students can telnet into your server from their Windows machines at home provided they have a Web connection. You can, at least at the time I am writing this book, download a free copy of secure shell from SSH Communications Security for personal use. Their Web site is and they have both a telnet and FTP tool. If you're worried about secure communications, use these tools. Mandrake Linux offers an easy-to-install version of the Linux operating system as a free download from So your students have a choice. They can install a real operating system on their home machine as well. Any version of Linux that your students use will work with this text; the examples are generic-Unix except where noted. In addition, if your students are using Mac OSX, the examples should work as well, since OSX is BSD Unix. There's a test bank available for instructors with, multiple-choice and short-answer questions on the Instructor CD. I've created a PowerPoint presentation to go along with the book as well, also available on the companion Web site. Finally, and I believe most importantly, I would like to invite you to join the CRISP (College Resource and Instructor Support Program), an online community of Unix faculty and devotes. At the CRISP you can find syllabi, PowerPoint presentations, learning resources, and the community of devoted Unix folk who can help you develop a Unix program or add to your existing program. We are nondenominational, so we support all flavors of Unix. The URL of the CRISP is We urge you to visit and to join. Our primary mission at the CRISP is to help you do a better job teaching your Unix classes. The most important goal of any text, I believe, should be to handle the groundwork so you can focus on teaching your students the things you believe they need to know. I hope I have in some small way achieved that goal for you with this text. Enjoy your students, enjoy their beginnings with this, the greatest of all operating systems, and most of all, have fun.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Nature of Sociological Inquiry and the Study of Schools: The Scope of the Field

Chapter Objectives

Sociological Concepts

The History of Education in Canada: Whose History?

The Canadian Educational System in an International Context

Research in Sociology of Education


Key Terms

Educational Issues and Questions for Discussion

Recommended Readings/References


Chapter 2: Theories of Schooling and Society

Chapter Objectives

What is Theory?

Origins of Sociology of Education

Theories of Schooling and Society


Key Terms

Educational Issues and Questions for Discussion

Recommended Readings/References


Chapter 3: The Organization of Teaching and Learning

Chapter Objectives

The School as a Formal Organization

Attempts to Reform the Organization of Teaching and Learning

The Policy Context of Canadian Schools

The Teaching Profession, Teachers' Roles, and Teacher Groups

Canadian Trends in Teacher Education

Approaches to Teaching: Two Distinct Models


Key Terms

Educational Issues and Questions for Discussion

Recommended Reading/References


Chapter 4: Critical Perspectives on the Politics of Teaching and Pedagogy

Chapter Objectives

The Politics of Teaching

Teaching and Pedagogy

Paulo Freire

Critiques of Freire

Critical Pedagogy

The Alternate School

Critique of The Alternate School

Feminist Pedagogy

Anti-Racist Pedagogies


Key Terms

Educational Issues and Questions for Discussion

Recommended Readings/References


Chapter 5: The School as an Informal System of Socialization

Chapter Objectives

Theories of Socialization

Teacher Expectations

Moral and Political Socialization

The Hidden Curriculum

The Peer Group and Popular Culture

Implications for Teacher Education


Key Terms

Educational Issues and Questions for Discussion

Recommended Readings/References


Chapter 6: Globalization, Schooling, Technology, and the Curriculum

Chapter Objectives


Is There a Need for Global and Technological Literacy?  What About Social Literacy?


Key Terms

Educational Issues and Questions for Discussion

Recommended Readings/References







Editorial Reviews

"The sample chapters we got from Dr. G.'s book made hard concepts like awk and shell scripting clear and fun." — T. J. Danna, a Unix student at North Lake College in Irving, TX.

"This is the greatest Unix book ever written. You will love it, I know I did." — the Author's mother.