Kenneth I. Spenner
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
My current research involves a multi-year panel study of racial and ethnic differences in academic performance. A substantial body of research documents a gap in performance among different groups, yet the reasons why are only partly clear. Our research design follows two cohorts of Duke University undergraduates, the incoming classes of 2001 and 2002, surveyed before coming to Duke and approximately, annualy thereafter until exit from Duke. Empirical comparisons examine differential in human, cultural and social capital, negative stereotyping and identity dynamics, social networks, and residential, social and academic climates as these evolve during the undergraduate years.
Featherman, D. L., and K. I. Spenner. “Class and the socialization of children: constancy or change?.” Edited by E. M. Hetherington, R. Lerner, and M. Perlmutter. Child Development in Life Span Perspective, 1987, 67–90.
Spenner, K. I. “Review of Career Choice and Development by D. Brown, L. Brooks, and Associates.” Contemporary Sociology, November 1985.
Spenner, Kenneth I. “The Upgrading and Downgrading of Occupations: Issues, Evidence, and Implications for Education.” Review of Educational Research 55, no. 2 (June 1985): 125–54. https://doi.org/10.3102/00346543055002125. Full Text
Spenner, K. I., and L. B. Otto. “Work and self-concept: selection and socialization in the early career.” Edited by A. Kerckhoff. Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization 5 (1985): 197–235.
Spenner, Kenneth I. “Deciphering Prometheus: Temporal Change in the Skill Level of Work.” American Sociological Review 48, no. 6 (December 1983): 824–824. https://doi.org/10.2307/2095328. Full Text
Spenner, K. I. “Work, Jobs, and Occupations: A Critical Review of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.” Sociology of Work and Occupations., 1983.
“Occupations, role characteristics and intergenerational transmission.” Sociology of Work and Occupations 8 (1981): 89–112.
Spenner, Kenneth I. “Occupational Characteristics and Classification Systems.” Sociological Methods & Research 9, no. 2 (November 1980): 239–64. https://doi.org/10.1177/004912418000900207. Full Text
Spenner, K. I. “Review of Schooling, Academic Performance and Occupational Attainment in a Non-Industrialized Society by S Heyneman and J Currie.” Children and Youth Social Service Review, 1980.