Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
An American sociologist, James S. Coleman (1926–1995) earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Columbia University in 1955 and is considered one of the most significant academic figures in education policy making over the last several decades. His sociological research ranged over a number of topics, from social capital to adolescent behavior. His three most significant bodies of research which have contributed most to the education debate are Equality of Educational Opportunity , also known as the “Coleman Report”; the study of school busing and White flight in the 1970s; and the research in the 1980s on the advantages of private schools. In a career spanning over 35 years, he authored 30 books and many articles, which collectively have had significant influence on policymakers' and researchers' understanding of ...