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Education and Society

Canadian Perspectives

Wolfgang Lehmann

Combining 14 contemporary readings by Canadian experts in the field, Education and Society presents a series of stimulating snapshots of sociological research at the forefront of educational debates, developments, and reform trends in Canada today. Informed by an overarching concern with issues of equity and equality, this collection looks closely at how specific dimensions of inequality-such as class, gender, race, ethnicity, and ability-inform schooling experiences while also investigating issues surrounding the possibilities and pitfalls of educational reform. Engaging and enlightening, this thought-provoking volume introduces students to the diversity of topics studied by Canadian sociologists of education today and to the range of approaches these scholars use to conduct their research.

Readership : Education and Society is a core reader for second- and third-year level sociology of education courses offered out of sociology and education departments at universities and colleges.


  • "A major strength is the introduction of the central debates and issues in Canadian education."
    --Richard D. Christy, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • "The text is very contemporary in its topic matter; indeed, it is a prescient, insightful resource that delves deeper into both contemporary and perhaps alternative debates and concerns in education in Canada."
    --Vicki Macris, University of Alberta

Part I: Processes, Practices, and Outcomes
1. Sociology of Education in Canada: History, Theory, and Research (Wolfgang Lehmann)
2. Where Do Educational Achievement Gaps Come From? (Scott Davies, Darren Cyr, Jessica Rizk, and Magdalena Janus)
3. Intergenerational Transfers of Advantage: Parents' Education and Children's Educational and Employment Outcomes in Alberta (Harvey Krahn and Gary R.S. Barron)
4. Identifying the Complexity of Barriers Faced by Marginalized Youth in Transition to Post-Secondary Education in Ontario (Karen Robson, Robert S. Brown, and Paul Anisef)
5. Education Job Mismatch and Underemployment among Post-secondary Graduates with Disabilities (Brad Seward, David Walters, and David Zarifa)
Part II: Dimensions of Inequality: Class, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality
6. The Two Sides of "Vigilance": Parent Engagement and Its Relationship to School Connections, Responsibility, and Agency (Janice Aurini, Emily Milne, and Cathlene Hillier)
7. "You Have to Get That Degree": Influences on the Educational and Career Aspirations of Racialized Immigrant Youth (Alison Taylor, Shadi Mehrabi, and Thashika Pillay)
8. An Overview of Indigenous Educational Attainment in Canada (Catherine Gordon and Jerry White)
9. Single-Gender Education: Reinforcing and Challenging Gender Difference (Jayne Baker)
10. Behind Locker-Room Doors: Knowing Why Some Boys "Stay Away from Each Other" (Michel Kehler)
Part III: Reform Pressures and Alternative Visions
11. "Teachers Can't Be Made, They're Born": Teaching and Professionalism in Ontario's Private Education Sector (Linda Quirke and Janice Aurini)
12. Indigenous Philosophies, Counter-Epistemologies, and Anti-colonial Education: The Case of Indigenous Proverbs and Cultural Stories (George J. Sefa Dei [Nana Adusei Sefa Ateneboah I])
13. Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Adults' Responsibilities and Interventions (Ryan Broll)
14. To MOOC or Not to MOOC: An Exploration of Their Purpose, Fate, and Future Tensions from the Perspective of Canadian Educators (Delia Dumitrica and Amanda Williams)

E-Book (ISBN 9780199014316)

Wolfgang Lehmann is an associate professor in the sociology department at Western University. Professor Lehmann specializes in the areas of work, education, and social inequality. His main research focus is on the interplay between structural factors and individual agency in school-work transitions. He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded research project investigating the experiences of first-generation, working-class university students. He was a contributor to Levine-Rasky's Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education (OUP Canada, 2008) and is the author of Choosing to Labour? School-Work Transition's and Social Class (McGill-Queen's Press, 2007).

The Schooled Society - Scott Davies and Neil Guppy
The Sociology of Education in Canada - Terry Wotherspoon
Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education - Edited by Cynthia Levine-Rasky
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Special Features

  • Focuses on the research being done by sociologists of education--including both quantitative and qualitative studies that draw on various conceptual and theoretical frameworks--giving students a well-rounded view of how research is conducted in the discipline.
  • Readings by Canadian experts written specifically for this text cover topics, research, and issues relevant to the sociology of education in this country.
  • Current and up-to-date coverage of a range of contemporary topics--including single-gender education, education-job mismatch, cyber-bullying, and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)--gives students insight into the issues and perspectives shaping the field today.