Topic 1 -Role of Education

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Main functionalist theories
Durkheim; Parsons; Davis and Moore
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What are the main explanations of the education system according to functionalists
1) Passing on society's culture and building social solidarity
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Three criticisms of the functionalist view
1) Marxism - passes on bourgeoise ideology 2) Feminism - passes on patriarchal ideology 3) Lessons don't replicate skills needed in the workplace
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Main marxist theories
Althusser; Bowels and Gintis; Willis
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Main explanations off the education system according to marxist sociologists
1) ISA 2) Hidden curriculum and correspondence between pupils experiences and adult work 3) working class 'lads' and anti-school subculture
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Three criticisms of marxists view
1) Exaggeration on ow much oppression the w/c experience 2) people are unaware of inequality in the education system 3) Willis' study shows students have little regard for teachers
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Main feminist sociologist
Spender
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Main feminist views
knowledge taught in schools reflect masculine assumptions about the world; education system is patriarchal
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