University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

With a New Prologue by the Author

“Robert Dreeben’s work cuts across many aspects of the sociology of education and is at the background of a whole range of discussions in the field. In this context On What Is Learned in School remains a most important document. The book has been my on own course reading list for decades and remains there now. It has many followers and is a landmark achievement.”
John Meyer, Stanford University

From the reviews in Sociology of Education . . .

“[O]ne of the very best books written about the sociology of schools. The book benefits from a clear theoretical perspective, which illuminates the dynamics of a personality as it passes from the world of the family of origin to the adult world of work and politics.”
Amitai Etzioni

“Dreeben has fleshed out . . . the bare bones of an argument that Parsons first advanced in an article on the school class as a social system . . . and has contributed his own theoretical insights into the relationship of the structure of the school to the socialization process.”
Jan J. Loubser

A volume in the series Foundations of Sociology

ISBN 978-0-9719587-0-8/paperback/194 pp./illus./October 2002/$34.50