Perspectives of Education Comparison Essay

Perspectives of Education
Compares three perspectives of education, which determine its societal function.
# 146862 | 800 words | 3 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 21, 2011 in Education (Theory) , Sociology (Theory) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper looks at the functionalist, conflict and interactionist theories of education, which differ in their perceptions of the function of education. The paper reviews and contrasts the requirements of each philosophy and their varying attributes. The writer then concludes that John Dewey's educational perspective of pragmatism reflects the her own philosophy of learning because Dewey believes that the purpose of education is not to acquire pre-determined skills but rather to assist learners in reaching their full abilities for the good of society.

From the Paper:

"An additional similarity between the functionalist and conflict theory, while ultimately establishing an additional position of conflict, exists in educations contribution to society. Both theories focus on structuralism, placing focus on the social institutions and structures of the individual. Functionalism and the conflict theory contend that education contributes to society as a whole; however, conflict arises when attempting to determine the value of such contributions. Functionalists hold education to be a positive contribution, fruitful to an orderly society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dewey, John. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved November 18, 2010, from
  • Hamilton, L. & Powell, B. (2007). Hidden curriculum. Retrieved November 27, 2010, from:
  • Webb, L. D., Metha, A., & Jordan, K.F. (2010) Foundations of American Education. Sixth ed. New Jersey: Merrill

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