School Social Systems Research Paper by Bradley

School Social Systems
A research paper studying the elements and dynamics guiding school social systems.
# 64887 | 3,949 words | 7 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Apr 09, 2006 in Education (Social Issues) , Sociology (Theory) , Sociology (General)

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This research paper studies social systems within schools and examines both the planned and unplanned aspects of organizational life in those systems. The paper also discusses different theories of formal organizations and how school social systems are guided by the interactions of its elements and dynamics.

Table of Contents
Introduction Social Systems
Homeostasis, Feedback, Equilibrium
Elements of a Social System
The Basic Model
Formal Organization as a Social Theory
Work Groups
Internal Feedback Loops
External Feedback Loops

From the Paper:

"A social system is a group of elements and activities that interact and constitute a single social entity (Longress, 2000). This statement implies that a social system is creative because by definition it has properties and purpose over and above the parts and relationships. In a school, for example, educated individuals are created. Marvin Olsen (Longress, 2000) defines a social system more specifically. It is a model of organization that possesses creativity beyond its component parts; it is distinguished from its environment by a clearly defined boundary; it is composed of subunits, elements, and subsystems that are interrelated within relatively stable patterns of social order."

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