Theories of Education

Functions of Education

Durkheim on Education

You can download a basic power-point covering Durkheim’s perspective on the functions of education here. Examines how the Industrial Revolution led education to be tasked with two important functions – promoting social solidarity and teaching specialist skills.

Functions of Education

Parsons on Education

Parsons developed Durkheim’s ideas to discuss the importance of education helping to both reinforce the value consensus in society and teach individuals the universal standards of society through the process of secondary socialisation. A basic power-point of Parson’s ideas can be downloaded here.

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