interactionism view of education

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Interactionism

Interactionist theories focus on what goes on inside the education system. Its vital that we have a good understanding of what goes on inside schools is important for understanding behaviour and attainment in the school. The central theme of interactionist work is the idea of the self. Interactionist argue that we hold ideas about ourselves and that these ideas affect our behaviour. 

As an interactionist is a micro-theory, they are not focused on the affect education has on other instituitions. They are interested in knowing how individuals shape and are shaped by the education system. The key to understanding how individuals make sense of the world is to understand the meanings they hold about it. A meaning is an understanding that we hold about the world and those in it, it is a view of ourselve and exists in our conciousness and thoughts. Therefore, we are active individuals and not simply products of the social…

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