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The Functionalists explanations of the role of education Functionalists believe that education is a very important part of society. They have a consensual view which means that they think everyone agrees about education and its roles. They think that everyone believes the way education is is the best way it could be and that it is run in the right way. Functionalists believe the education system is fair and benefits everyone in society. Functionalists believe all institutions in society are linked and that education is mainly linked to family, religion and the economy. This is a structural view. Functionalists think that the family used to control education, mainly by transmission and that there used to be no need for a separate institution. ...read more.


and that there was particularism where personal relationships and marriages were important in social actions. They believe that since industrialisation positions are now more complicated and that anyone can do anything now if they are good enough to do it. They consider our society to be meritocratic-where positions are based on achievements. Functionalists consider education to be a bridge between the home and the wider society. In school, children are judged by the universalistic standards of society rather than the particularistic values of the home Durkheim was one of the first functionalists and he believed in social order, which means that society has shared norms, values and expectations and everybody performs their roles in society. ...read more.


Schools produce rules and regulations so that students can learn what is expected of them within, also outside and beyond, schools. Such a social control also passes on acceptance of the society's legal and political practices. * Social Selection: this places the academically more able students into more complex occupations, such as law and medicine. The education system sifts and sorts students in relation to their abilities so that individuals and society may take advantage of the talents available. * Economic Training: this refers to meeting the economic needs of a society to ensure its survival and well-being. The education system needs to provide skills training, ranging from those involved in caring services to those involved in high technology, and to match the wide-ranging and often changing needs of society. ...read more.

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