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Critically consider the manifest and latent functions of schooling.

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  • Submitted: 23/08/2011
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Critically consider the manifest and latent functions of schooling.

Schooling has many functions in society and by looking at these functions from a sociological view point there are two main kinds of functions to consider - "manifest functions" and "latent functions". The "manifest functions" of schooling is what people believe are the obvious purpose of school and education. The "latent functions" of schooling are the things that people are not so aware or about or perhaps don't come to mind straight away when they consider what and schooling is for. These ideas will be considered and critiqued as some will be more beneficial than others but need to be looked at in greater detail and how it affects children's lives at school. The qualification-award function of schooling is now looking as something that is overshadowing the main educational function of schooling and is considered detrimental by some as there seems to be more emphasis on getting qualifications that might not necessarily be needed for occupations which children will encounter later in life. Finally, disaffection and alienation from school will be considered as to what function this is playing in schooling as some children did not fit in to

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