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The Functionalist Perspective on Education
Terms in this set (12)
Where people feel like they belong to society
Achieved through the National Curriculum - pupils are taught the same subjects
sorting people into appropriate jobs based on their talents
Where children are judged by the same criteria - such as exams
Where children are judged according to different standards by their parents ('everyone is special')
Where an individual's achievement is based on their ability and effort.
Equality of opportunity
In education - where all pupils have the same chances to achieve good grades based on their merit
A feeling of togetherness based on individual differences but interdependence
Marxist criticism of Functionalism
Myth of meritocracy
Postmodern criticism of Functionalism
Schools are like factories, no longer work in a diverse society
More developed societies spend more money on education
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