ERIC Number: ED283762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Review of "The School Sociologist."
Sigmon, Scott B.
This paper is a book review of William M. Phillips, Jr.'s "The School Sociologist: A Need and an Emergent Profession" (Washington, DC: University Press of America, Inc., 1981; 216p. ISBN-0-8191-1946-6. $12.95). Dr. Phillips defines a new professional field and expounds upon the role of the professionals within it. He seeks to combine factual knowledge as defined by the subordinate culture within the same society. The major theme of the book concerns the idea of the proposed profession of "school sociology." The establishment of the school sociologist professional (except as an occasional consultant) within the public schools is probably either too late or too soon. In short, the problems of sharing power, spending more money on consultant-type jobs, and the apparent admission of failure of the system mitigates against the idealistic goal of Dr. Phillips' book. Other issues included public versus private schools, what should be taught in schools, and other areas related to school sociologists, such as social interaction patterns and various school agency functions and structures. (BZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
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