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SOC 356-Schools & Society: Home

Professor Lisa Konczal

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Welcome to Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library!

This guide will help you to use the resources and services provided by Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns please feel free to contact me at, or 305-899-4051.

Sociology of Education Overview

21st Century Sociology 


The Sociology Of Education

21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook

Ed. Clifton D. Bryant and Dennis L. Peck. Vol. 1: Traditional and Core Areas21st Century Reference Series Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc., 2006. p311-318.Theodore C. Wagenaar


Education deals with the most fundamental human need: how to influence children to become competent adults. In this regard, "the sociology of education is perhaps one of the broadest fields within sociology itself," as Saha observes (1997a:1). Read More.


home school is defined as any learning situation occurring where the parent or guardian has assumed direct responsibility for the education of the child.  Read More.

Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools that are allowed greater autonomy than traditional public schools in exchange for increased accountability for meeting specific educational goals. Read More.

Alternative Schooling

The term alternative schooling has always referred to nontraditional public and private educational approaches available by choice to parents and students.  Read More.

Private and Independent Schools

There are private schools in most countries of the world, although many of them are religious schools.  Read More.

Criticism of Public Education

Despite several decades of reform, public education in the United States is criticized by some as not teaching all children effectively.  Read More.

Phone Numbers

Circulation Desk:  305-899-3760

Reference Desk:  305-899-3772

Library Hours

Entrance doors are locked 10 minutes before closing time to allow patrons to exit the building in a timely manner.

Regular Hours:

Sunday                                10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m.

Monday - Thursday              7:30 a.m.  - 10:00 p.m.

Friday                                  7:30 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.

Saturday                              9:00 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.

Reference Desk Hours.

 Monday – Friday:               9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday:           10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Additional hours information