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Sociology of Urban Education Research Paper
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urban education
sociology of education
urban sociology

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Taines, Cynthia. 2011. “Sociology of Urban Education Research Paper”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, August. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


In this course, we will be doing sociology in addition to reading about and discussing it. This means we will be studying a reform in our local context, and using sociological literature and theory to interpret the results. You should select a reform being implemented in local urban schools/districts that you are excited about, dubious about, or are...

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This assignment is designed to scaffold the research and writing task, and provide opportunities for students to revise and improve their work.

The use of class time was necessary to support the students’ completion of the assignment. Before the research prospectus was due, we set aside a full class period to discuss incipient research plans and...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Promote a deeper understanding of the local context for urban education and reform; Opportunity for original and critical applications of sociological theory and research to a relevant issue or problem;
  2. Develop research and writing skills;
  3. Critically analyze local reform agendas and formulate conclusions pertinent to urban educational improvement

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Conduct original research in local urban communities and school systems;Apply sociological theory and research as part of the literature review, theory, and conclusion sections of the research paper;
  2. Conduct original, empirical research on local urban educational systems and present findings, analysis in a research paper; incorporate feedback from instructor and peers, and revise research process and products accordingly;
  3. Devise a research-based conclusion that considers the benefits, limitations, and complications of a local reform

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