Alan R. Sadovnik

Rutgers University

Alan R. Sadovnik serves as Director of the Urban Educational Policy Specialization in the Urban Systems Ph.D. Program (a joint program with NJIT and UMDNJ) and Associate Director of the Rutgers-Newark Institute on Education Law and Policy. A Professor of Education, Sociology and Public Affairs he is the author of Equity and Excellence in Higher Education (1995); coauthor of Exploring Education: An Introduction to the Foundations of Education (1994, 2001, 2006); editor of Knowledge and Pedagogy: The Sociology of Basil Bernstein (1995), The Sociology of Education: A Critical Reader (2007); and coeditor of Exploring Society (1987), International Handbook of Educational Reform (1992), Implementing Educational Reform: Sociological Perspectives on Educational Reform (1995), “Schools of Tomorrow,” Schools of Today: What Happened to Progressive Education (1999), Sociology and Education: An Encyclopedia (2002), Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era (2002) and No Child Left Behind and the Reduction of the Achievement Gap: Sociological Perspectives on Federal Educational Policy (2007). He received the Willard Waller Award in 1993 from the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Education Section for the outstanding article published in the field, and American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Awards in 1995 for Knowledge and Pedagogy, in 2000 for “Schools of Tomorrow,” and in 2002 for Founding Mothers and Others. He is coeditor, with Susan F. Semel, of the History of Schools and Schooling series at Peter Lang Publishing, the Palgrave Series in Urban Education at Palgrave-MacMillan and the Schooling Around the World Series at Greenwood Press. His research interests include the sociology of education, urban educational reform and improvement, and the history of progressive education.

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