Functionalism and Education. (Simpler)

  • Created by: Emily
  • Created on: 15-05-12 20:35

Functionalism is a macro perspective. This means the theory looks at large scale societal processes. Functionalism considers the functions that education performs for society assuming that schools serve a positive societal need.

Education is seen as a vital part of the process of socialisation. Societies need specialist institutions for differentiating people and allocating them to specific areas.

Functionalism states that two basic functions of education are:

- General socialisation for the population into


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