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Sociology of Education

Sociology of Education

September 2015 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

‘An essential student-friendly text for Education Studies.’

Dr Gillian Forrester, Subject Head for Education & Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University


‘Introducing students to the complexities of Education Studies is a difficult task and this book will go a long way to making it easier. I will definitely be recommending this to all my students.’

Kevin Brain, Programme Leader, Education Studies, Leeds Trinity University


This textbook explains the basic principles of sociology and relates these concepts to today’s society and education system in order to deepen your understanding of how these issues affect our lives and the world we live in, encouraging you to think critically and to develop a ‘sociological imagination’.


Coverage includes:

  • the wider political and economic context for education in the UK, including an analysis of the reforms of the 2010 coalition government
  • childhood, schooling and pupil voice
  • non-traditional consideration of critical pedagogy, ‘race’ and gender
  • the role of education in a multicultural society
  • inequalities in educational opportunity in terms of class, ethnicity and disability.


This is essential reading for students on undergraduate Education Studies degrees, and for sociology courses covering educational issues.


Sociology and education studies
Early sociology of education
Developments in sociology of education
Critical and radical pedagogies
Differential educational attainment and the debate about intelligence
Multiculturalism, ‘race’ and power
Re-imagining gender roles
Inclusion, disability and special educational needs
The social construction of childhood
Education policy
Young people and pupil voice

This text provides a comprehensive overview of the key issues and approaches, which is invaluable to Education Studies students.

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Institute of Education, Worcester University
September 13, 2016

This book is really a good textbook for this course, especially the part on differing sociological perspectives on education, which sets the flavour of this module. We set these differing perspectives against specific topics we cover for this module. Clear and easy to navigate through the text book...would recommend this book to anyone who have strong interest in education for minorities. We need to capture the dominant ideologies behind these educational services to digest and discuss specific topics.

Dr John Bosco Conama
Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin
September 9, 2016

'Sociology of Education' is a wide-ranging book that covers numerous areas that are relevant to undergraduate study of education. It is written in a lucid style and is helpfully organised. For those looking for a more in depth exploration of ideas, e.g. for postgraduate level study, it may not be appropriate, but for a survey of key ideas in the field, it is very useful indeed.

Dr Louise Campbell
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
September 5, 2016

A very simple but informative text on the Sociology of education, which will be used for sociology students as well as Education studies.

Mrs Nahida Hussain
Stratford Campus, Newham College of Further Education
August 22, 2016

This book will be useful for all students throughout their degree course and should act as a reference across modules. Highly recommended.

Education , South Essex College
August 9, 2016

This book lays out, in a very accessible way, the main elements of the topics that we cover in the course.

Dr Richard Budd
Education Studies, Liverpool Hope University
July 25, 2016

This is a good all round Sociology of Education book written in the UK context that students can use throughout their three years here.

Dr Alexander Kosogorin
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
May 20, 2016

Interesting for students researching Education policy, gives a good history of policy in the UK.

Mrs Samantha Smith
HSCFL, South Devon College
April 19, 2016

This is an interesting book which explores education from a sociological perspective. The book has a number of relevant chapters which enable the students to explore the subjects from a broad range of perspectives. This is especially useful when encouraging them to be analytical and to synthesise key ideas. The 'thinking points' are particularly valuable in drawing together key theoretical standpoints.

Mrs Sandra Shaffi
Education, Bolton University
March 29, 2016

This book would be used more for the higher achieving students on level 3 childcare course as it goes into a lot of detail in relation to sociology.

Mrs kerry clayton
Childcare, The Maltings College
February 9, 2016