Lecture 9

Lecture 9 - Soc 1: Intro to Sociology Mindy Romero Fall `06...

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Soc 1: Intro to Sociology Mindy Romero Fall ‘06 Education Week Five Education The social institution responsible for the systematic transmission of knowledge, skills, and cultural values within a formally organized structure Functionalist Perspective on Education Sees education as having manifest and latent functions, both serving the needs of society Manifest Functions of Education Stated and intended goals or consequences of activities within the institution These include: Transmission of knowledge and skills Socialization Transmission of culture Social control Social placement/gate-keeping Change and innovation Latent Functions of Education Hidden and sometimes unintended consequences of activities within the institution These include: Restriction of certain activities Matchmaking and production of social networks Creation of a generation gap/youth subculture Others? Dysfunctions of Education Rising tide of mediocrity: Decline in test scores Grade Inflation/social promotion Functional illiteracy
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Lecture 9 - Soc 1: Intro to Sociology Mindy Romero Fall `06...

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