Social Change in American Schooling Analytical Essay by scribbler

Social Change in American Schooling
Looks at the historical social change in the system of American education.
# 153489 | 1,180 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 05, 2013 in Sociology (General) , Education (General) , History (General)

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This paper defines the basic sociological concepts of social, change, process, evolution, modernization and world system. Next, the author identifies the concept of school as a social institution that is designed to transform children and identifies what is meant by agrarian, industrial and hybrid societies. The paper traces the development of the American schools through each of these periods and concludes that every social movement has contributed greatly to this tremendous social change within school in America.

Table of Contents:
Social Institution - American Schooling
Historical Analysis of American Schooling
Agrarian Society
Industrial Society
Hybrid Society

From the Paper:

"During the 19th century America faced tremendous social and economic changes where industrial development and urbanization gained prominence. Industrial revolution, that was strong in England, flourished in America and it highly influenced American schools. Due to the increase in economic growth, people began to give more importance to schools .
"Immigrants began moving to America and the schools incorporated new schemes to include immigrants. The 19th century gave rise to national model system of schooling. However, slavery and inferior attitudes could be seen in schools where the treatment of different races began to take prominence.
"For some of the minority groups, schools became a place to express their issues and a potent vehicle for social mobility and reformation. For others schools were a reminder of failure and frustration. Schools also became an instrument of improvement and opportunity and they began to hope for a better life.
T"he years between 1890 and 1920 witnessed progress especially in educational reform. Progressive education became the norm and it included a major current of reform propositions and practices. Such a broad reform was also a source of controversy and debate.
"By the start of the 20th century industrialization and the rate of urbanization gained more predominance.'

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harper, C. L. & Leicht, K. T. (2010). Exploring social change: America and the world. Pearson Education Canada. 6th ed.
  • Packer, M. J. & Tappan, M. B. (2001). Cultural and critical perspectives on human development. State University of New York.
  • Rury, J. L. (2005). Education and social change: Themes in the history of American schooling. Lawrence Erlbaum associates, Inc.
  • Vela, C. A. M. (2001). World systems theory. ESD.83. Retrieved from

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