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Education and Social Change: Themes in the History of American Schooling (2nd edition)


reviewed by Jacqueline Edmondson ó 2005

coverTitle: Education and Social Change: Themes in the History of American Schooling (2nd edition)
Author(s): John L. Rury
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805852948, Pages: 273, Year: 2005
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John Rury’s Education and Social Change is intended to be an introduction to the history of American education that is framed around a dialectical question of whether schools change society or society changes schools. Rury begins with a caveat that his book will be different from other work on the history of education; that is, it will not overly rely on names and dates, nor will it pretend to include everything. Instead, the principal goal of the book is “to help one think about history, and the ways that institutions such as schools change, along with the rest of society” (p. 2). Although Rury acknowledges that social change is a “tricky concept,” he proposes that a reason to study history is to “see how society has developed over time, and to understand the ways social change is influenced by events and circumstances, and by people” (p. 3). Although Rury’s book... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1537-1540
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11709, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 6:54:14 AM

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  • Jacqueline Edmondson
    Pennsylvania State University
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    JACQUELINE EDMONDSON is an assistant professor of education at Pennsylvania State University.
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