David Baker’s New Book is Available for Pre-order on Amazon

Pre-order your copy of The Schooled Society: The Educational Transformation of Global Culture on Amazon.  Click here to learn more.

Praise for the book by John W. Meyer, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Stanford University.  

“Education is often discussed as only a set of organized experiences for the young.  This leaves out the enormous fact — central to David Baker’s impressive and comprehensive book — that Imageeducation is deeply institutionalized in modern society, now at global levels.   So student experiences are given great meaning, and are made significant for the whole life course.  Further, those culturally-validated experiences, and the schooled programs in which they appear, are given central authority in society as a whole, and have direct consequences for evolving occupational and social structures everywhere.  Baker spells out the origins and development of this system, and analyzes its societal consequences, in this dramatic and wide-ranging book, which will be significant for students and scholars across the range of the social sciences.”

- John W. Meyer, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Stanford University

Team Research Cited Around the Web!

A recent team publication is being used as an example article by the recently released book The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project. The piece is:

Halabi, S., Smith, W., Collins, J., Baker, D. and Bedford, J. (2012) ‘A Document Analysis of HIV/AIDS Education Interventions in Ghana’, Health Education Journal, published online 10 July 2012.

Check out the companion site for The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project here: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/oleary2e/study/journal.htm


We’re also on Wikipedia!

Another team publication researching the effects of education on HIV/AIDS has been cited on Wikipedia.  The original piece is:


Keynote Address in Amsterdam

KeynoteDr. David Baker delivered a keynote address at the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS) Conference.  The conference theme was “Education Systems: Inequalities, Labor Markets, and Civic Engagement.”  Dr. Baker’s keynote was titled “Jobs, Labour, Credentials, and Civic Engagement in the Schooled Society: Institutional Consequences of the Education Revolution.”

Abstract for “Jobs, Labour, Credentials and Civic Engagement in the Schooled Society: Institutional Consequences of the Education Revolution”

The schooled society is a defining component of contemporary society, and with large scale capitalism and widespread representative democracy is a leading social revolution. Over the past 150 years, a massive regime of education has produced a powerful culture, transformed most individuals in the world, and created far-reaching consequences for all facets of society; yet, the education revolution is intellectually underappreciated in its role in creating contemporary society. Comparative and international scholarship is uniquely positioned to tell the full story of the coming of a worldwide schooled society and the human condition. Following a summary of the dynamics of the revolution and a note on a promising theoretical perspective on education as a primary institution, its impact on social institutions is illustrated through what happens to minds, politics, and gods in the schooled society.

Research Presentations at CIES

2014 CIES Conference Research Team Presentations

Members of the research team will be presenting their work at the 58th Annual Conference of the International and Comparative Education Society in Toronto, Canada. See the schedule below for more information about our sessions.

Monday, March 10th

1:00 – 5:00: Smith, W. Large Scale Cross National Studies Workshop. Strengthening the analysis of large scale international studies: First outcomes of the Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship programme (Willow East Room)

Tuesday, March 11th

10:15 – 11:45 Smith, W. The effect of national testing policies on school structures and student outcomes. (Roosevelt Room)

Wednesday, March 12th

8:00 – 9:30: Anderson, E. The Social Media Construction of Education for Women’s Empowerment (Peel Room)

3:30 – 5:00:  Baker, D. Author Meets Critics: The Schooled Society: The Educational Transformation of Global Culture   (Downtown Sheraton, Oxford)
7:30 – 10:00: Reception sponsored by Penn State’s Comparative International Education program and book launch for The Schooled Society: The Educational Transformation of Global Culture (Downtown Sheraton/Elgin Room)

Thursday, March 13th

8:00 – 11:45: Jeon, H. New Scholars Dissertation Workshop: Varying Education Gradient on Immigrants’ Obesity in the United States: Concerns of Sending Countries’ Nutrition Transition and Immigrants’ Arrival Time (Davenport Room)

1:45 – 3:15: Henck, A. NGOs and the global ideology of childhood: Interpreting and reproducing world culture through an education policy in Nepal (York Room)

1:45 – 3:15: Lee, J. & Horvatek, R. (De)constructing images of childhood during conflict (York Room)

Friday, March 14th

10:15 – 11:45: Park, H., Jeon, H. & Byun, S. Do different motivations to become a teacher lead to different results in their student achievement?: The case of South Korea (Mackenzie Room)

3:30 – 5:00: Horvatek, R. How does education affect attitudes towards conflict? (Chesnut Room West)

Saturday, March 15th

8:00 – 9:30: Persson, A., Smith, W. & Brezicha, K. Within and Between Generation Assimilation of Immigrant Students in Traditional Settlement Countries (Peel Room)