Published in ISA Bulletin number 27, year 1981
Prepared by Kurt Jonassohn
ISA Executive Secretary 1974-1982
Even though the Committee was only constituted in 1971, preoccupation with educational problems has been evident at least since the Third World Congress of Sociology held in Amsterdam, 22-29 August 1956.
As part of the "Transactions of the Third World Congress of Sociology," Vol. V dealt with "Changes in Education" and included ten papers on 'Education and Social Mobility in Industrial Society' and six papers on 'Education and Social Mobility in Economically Underdeveloped Countries.'
Three additional papers were contained in Vol. VIII which also printed two reports on discussions concerning education and social mobility. Contributions were from the following countries: France (3), UK (3), USA (3), Australia (1), Canada (1), East Africa (1), Gold Coast (1), Israel (1), Lebanon/Egypt (1), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (1), USSR (1), and Yugoslavia (1).
In the "Transactions of the Fourth World Congress of Sociology," Vol. III, 'Abstracts of Papers and Discussions,' there were edited abstracts of twelve papers presented in the section on 'The Application of Sociological Knowledge to Education' and a report of the discussion.
The meeting was chaired by Jean Floud whose introductory review of the field was published in Vol. II of these "Transactions." Including this last paper, the contributors' countries of origin were the following: UK (5), USA (5), France (2) and FRG (1).
During the Fifth World Congress of Sociology, held in Washington in 1962, nine papers were presented on the problem 'Education and the Formation of Elites," and one of them appeared in "Transactions of the Fifth World Congress of Sociology," Vol. III.
Information from Annual Reports shows that the Committee on Sociology of Education was accepted as a member of ISA in September 1962.
In 1965, its President was A.H. Halsey (UK) and the Secretary was O.G. Brim Jr. (US). There were eight other members coming from: US (2), Denmark (1), France (1), FRG (1), Poland (1), Sweden (1) and UK (1): Due to reorganization, the Committee did not submit an entry for the 1966 annual report.
At the Sixth World Congress of Sociology, held in September 1966 in Evian, there was a Round Table on "Sociology of Education and Development," chaired by A. C. Pearse where 25 papers were presented.
At the sessions of the Committee on Sociology of Education, 24 papers were delivered (one of them also being presented to a Round Table), thus making a total of 48 papers on Sociology of Education presented at Evian.
Their authors carne from: USA (15), France (6), Poland (4), Chile (3), England (3), Denmark (2), GDR (2), Hungary (2), Italy (2), Belgium (1), Brazil (1), Greece (1), Fiji Islands (1), Israel (1), Morocco (1), Romania (1), South Africa (1) and USSR (1).
Two papers presented at the Round Table in Evian were included in “Transactions of the Sixth World Congress of Sociology," Vol. III. Another two papers, presented during the sessions of the Research Committee, appeared in Vol. IV of the same "Transactions."
At the Seventh World Congress, held in 1970 at Varna, there was a working group on the subject 'Education and Cultural Planning': President, Pierre Bourdieu (France); Vice-President, A. H. Halsey (UK); and Secretary, Antonina Kloskowska (Poland).
The official program included 49 papers whose authors carne from: France (7), Poland (7), UK (5), USA (5), USSR (5) Switzerland (3), Czechoslovakia (1), Canada (1), FRG (1), India (1), Netherlands (1), Portugal (1), Romania (1), Venezuela (1), and one author whose origin was not well-identified.
In the "Transactions of the Seventh World Congress of Sociology," Vol. III, seven papers were published.
A proposition to re-establish a Research Committee on Sociology of Education was signed in Varna by 25 persons coming from: USA (5), Belgium (2), Canada (2), France (2), Australia (1), Chile (1), Denmark (1), UK (1), FRG (1), Hungary (1), India (1), Italy (1), Netherlands (1), Romania (1), USSR (1), Venezuela (1) and Switzerland (2).
In the following year, 1971, the current Research Committee on Sociology of Education was constituted for a trail period of two years.
Executive and members
The Committee's membership, except the Board, was composed of sixteen persons (May 1971): USA (4), Belgium (2), Canada (1), Chile (1), Denmark (1), UK (1), France (1), India (1), Netherlands (1), Romania, 1), Switzerland (1) and Venezuela (1).
The first provisional Board was the following:
President: Pierre Bourdieu (France)
Vice-Presidents: Jan Loubser (Canada), Bernard Bernstein (UK), Vladimir Shubkin (USSR)
Secretary: Antonina Kloskowska (Poland)
Members: Charles E. Bidwell (USA), Zsuzsa Ferge (Hungary), K. Luscher (Switzerland), Guido Martinotti (Italy)
In September 1972 the Research Committee had 47 members coming from: USA (13), France (4), UK (4), FRG (4), Belgium (3), Poland (3), Hungary (2), Japan (2), Switzerland (2), Austria (1), Czechoslovakia (1), Finland (1), Greece (1), Italy (1), Mexico (1), Portugal (1), South Africa (1), USSR (1) and Venezuela (1).
Only two members of the Board attended the meeting in Toronto: Bidwell and Kloskowska. Because of the small number of members present, elections were not held at Toronto, plans being made to organize elections in the near future.
After a short time, the President and one of the Vice-Presidents resigned. A. Kloskowska took charge during this period of inactivity, organizing elections he Id by mail ballots in the first months of 1977 with the assistance of the ISA.
The new Board elected never functioned collectively, and only during the Ninth World Congress, held in Uppsala, was a working Board elected for the period 1978-82:
President: Margaret Archer (UK)
Vice-Presidents: Olusola Avoseh (Nigeria), Artur Meier (GDR)
Secretary: Asoke Basu (USA)
Members: Anna Frangoudaki (Greece), Ettore Gelpi (France)
This new Board had to start "almost from zero."
There is information available relating to membership in 1975 and 1976, during the period of inactivity. It appears that in 1975 there were 42 members in all: USA (10), Hungary (10), UK (4), Australia (3), Canada (3), FRG (2), Italy (2), Netherlands (2), Finland (1), France (1), Japan (1), New Guinea (1), Spain (1) and Switzerland (1).
The following year 43 applications were reported, coming from: USA (11), Canada (11), Australia (3), FRG (3), UK (3), Nigeria (2), Venezuela (2), Finland (1), Iran (1), Israel (1), Japan (1), Italy (1), Mexico (1), Netherlands (1) and Paraguay (1).
During the period of reorganization after Uppsala, there was an important growth in membership in a few short months.
While in June 1979 a report estimated the number of members at under 100, by the end of the year this number had increased to around 202, coming from 39 countries: USA (50), UK (27), Canada (15), Sweden (13), Netherlands (11), Australia (8), France (8), FRG (7), Italy (6), Japan (4), Poland (4), Chile (3), Greece (3), Hungary (3) Israel (3), India (3), USSR (3), Belgium (2), Bulgaria (2), Denmark (2) Iran (2) Mexico (2), Romania (2), Venezuela (2), Spain (2), Algeria (1), Austria (1), Brazil (1), Colombia (1), Egypt (1), Finland (1), Gabon (1) GDR (1), Lebanon (1), Morocco (1), New Zealand (1), Nigeria (1), Norway (1) and Thailand (1).
Current activities until the Tenth World Congress will be devoted to (1) consolidation of membership and improving representation in various regions, (2) producing high quality publications and ensuring their diffusion, and (3) organizing strong sessions for Mexico.