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West Haven: Classroom Culture and Society in a Rural Elementary School


reviewed by Philip Cusik 1986

coverTitle: West Haven: Classroom Culture and Society in a Rural Elementary School
Author(s): Norris Brock Johnson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0807816302, Pages: , Year:
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The author’s purpose in this study of a rural, biracial elementary school he calls West Haven is to “describe the social and cultural reality of everyday classroom life and to note the conditioning effect of the process of elementary schooling on children” (p. 3). To Johnson, “the structure of schooling reproduces the structure of society such that children who are required to attend invariably are conditioned to stratified social and cultural relationships” (p. 10). He focused his five months of observations on this socializing and stratifying of children. Johnson is an anthropologist, and therefore free to ignore pedagogical elements, such as pupil control, achievement, and teacher differences, and to see what educators are not prone to see—the elementary school as the socializer of children into the larger society. His descriptions point up the unimportance of pedagogical concerns relative to socializing and stratifying. The school is not characterized by teachers teaching and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 87 Number 4, 1986, p. 633-636
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 701, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 11:48:41 AM

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