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April 28, 2018 / C H Thompson

Functionalist perspective of education-revision notes

For functionalists the key functions (purpose) of the education system is to

  • is to bind members of society together – Emile Durkheim
  • this creates social unity and social solidarity
  • therefore like the family, education is seen as a functional prerequisite.
  • Talcott Parsons writing in the 1950s developed Durkheim’s ideas on the function of school
  • Parsons’s argued any successful social system has four functional prerequisites – adaptation; goal attainment; integration and pattern maintenance
  • and all four prerequisites occur through individuals being schooled – think hidden curriculum




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