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EDUCATION AS AN AGENT OF
SOCIALISATION
· Education shapes our lives from 4 to early 20s
· Learn attitudes and expectations as well as subject knowledge This is
known as the Hidden Curriculum (Philip Jackson 1908)
· The Hidden Curriculum plays an important role in shaping us for our future lives as
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FUNCTIONALISM ARGUES THAT...
· Education promotes social solidarity through learning the social rules of behaviour
· Education promotes co-operation through the learning of social rules of behaviour
(backed up by sanctions)
· Education develops essential skills needed in society such as literacy, numeracy
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EMILE DURKHEIM (1858-1917)
· Believed a vital task of the educational system was the `welding of a mass of
individuals into a united whole'
· A major function of education is the transmission of society's norms and values
· Without similar attitudes in people, social life would be impossible
· Blu-tack analogy…read more

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CRITICISMS OF DURKHEIM
· Research method-'armchair theorising' because Durkheim didn't actually carry out
empirical research
· Durkheim assumes the norms and values transmitted by the educational system
are those of society as a whole, rather than the upper class…read more

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THREE BROAD FUNCTIONS
· SOCIALISATION
· SKILLS PROVISION
· ROLE ALLOCATION
· Durkheim believed that a major function of education was to prepare children for
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