Functionalist Perspectives on Education

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  • Perspective more than a theory, which sees society as existing externally to individuals

Functionalism: An introduction

  • The oldest 'school' in sociology 
  • Looking towards biology and the body as a metaphor for society
  • Different social institutions as organs
  • Altenatively, social institutions as part of a machine
  • All parts create the function of the structure
  • "Structural Functionalism"
  • Interdependence
  • Auguste Comte (17-98-1857)
  • Emile Durkhiem (1858-1917)
  • Talcott Parsons (1902-1979)

Functionalist Views of Education

What function does education play in society?

  • Passing on society's culture/creating social cohesion
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