Today we’ll explore the history of education as a social institution, with a specific focus on how the US organizes its educational system. We’ll look at education through the lenses of some sociological paradigms: structural functionalist approaches (including some of the manifest and latent functions associated with education), and a symbolic interactionist approach to education that shows us how self-fulfilling prophecies in educational settings contribute to differences in academic outcomes for students.
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References: Sociology by John J. Macionis, 15th edition (2014) US Census, Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015 https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p20-578.pdf UNESCO Institute for Statistics http://data.uis.unesco.org/Index.aspx?queryid=242
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