(3 CR / 2 week) SUMMER COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT MAY 19 – 30, 2014 - 8:30am – 1pm

Do these questions interest you?

  • Did you attend a suburban school, live in the suburbs or are you otherwise interested in learning more about schools through a sociological lens?
  • Did you know that the fastest growing populations of impoverished school children live in the suburbs?
  • Would you like to hone your research skills by conducting interviews with suburban families?
  • Are you a Sociology Major or Minor? Do you need an Education Foundations Credit for your degree?
SOC 195 / EDFS 200: Sociology of Suburban Schools

Suburban schools have an elevated and often, poorly justified mystique. Scholar Delores Hayden argues that there are 8 historical types of suburbs in the US, though many people understand these communities as edge cities or doorsteps to rural isolation. Interestingly, widespread and largely positive assumptions exist about the performance and equity issues evident in suburban schools. Many of these assumptions are untrue and being challenged by rapid demographic change across metropolitan areas. This course seeks to identify the historical basis for these assumptions, discuss contemporary social processes the affect the suburbs and third discuss how these forces interact with suburban schools in important ways. Through a seminar style class, students will read and discuss the history of suburban schools and communities, study contemporary demographic changes as well as complete a qualitative research report that involves interviews with suburban families.

A draft syllabus is available upon request to
Course Instructor
Kieran M. Killeen, Ph.D., MRP, MS Associate Professor and Program Coordinator Educational Leadership and Policy Studies / University of Vermont