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The Social System of the High School

reviewed by Donald R. Thomas - 1958

coverTitle: The Social System of the High School
Author(s): C. Wayne Gordon
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Ever since Willard Waller described the school as a "closed system of social interaction" having a culture that is definitely its own, sociologists and educators have been interested in the nature of that interaction. Such was the purpose of Wayne Gordon's research on the social system of the high school. In publishing this study, The Free Press has made available both the complete data of the study and the research methodology used, and in doing so has made a sufficient contribution. The results of the study and the ideas involved have, of course, been known for some time. Dr. Gordon reported on the teacher-roles section in a paper read to the American Sociological Society in 1954 (subsequently published in the Journal of Educational Sociology, September 1955); and Dr. Wilbur Brookover of Michigan State summarized the pertinent ideas concerning the student social structure in his book, A Sociology of Education, published in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 60 Number 1, 1958, p. 57-57
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4380, Date Accessed: 1/18/2021 2:12:54 AM

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