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Education and Social Change: Themes in the History of American Schooling


reviewed by Kathryn Benson — 2004

coverTitle: Education and Social Change: Themes in the History of American Schooling
Author(s): John L. Rury
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805833390, Pages: 255, Year: 2002
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Claiming that Americans “hold an extraordinary belief in the transforming power of education” (p. x), John L. Rury cogently points to the fact that education and social changes are intertwined and conjoined in complex fashion, and the strands must be untangled and analyzed for historical and social meanings. He stresses the necessity of understanding American educational history within the confines of larger societal pressures where human agency demonstrates “the ability to adapt to shifting historical circumstances and to devise imaginative and effectual responses to the problems that arise from them” (p. xi).   This book should be of interest to educators and students as it is a comprehensive and concise study of American education and society from the colonial period to the end of the twentieth century. “Do schools change society, or does society change the schools?” queries Rury (p. 1). The question is an essential yet multifaceted one, a question that requires a study of the functional relationships between school and society, the public and the private,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 381-383
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11187, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 5:06:32 PM

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  • Kathryn Benson
    Southern Arkansas University
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    KATHRYN M. BENSON is the Program Director for the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program and Associate Graduate Faculty at Southern Arkansas University School of Education. Her research interests include qualitative research and curriculum theory.
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