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  • Sociology
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    Education Standards

    Apply the three major sociological perspectives to the issue of education and educational inequalities


    OER Text Material 

    Understanding and Changing the Social World

    This section provides a very basic overview of Functionalist (most detailed), Conflict (thin) and Symbolic Interactionist (thin) perspectives on education.

    Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

    1. Schools & Social Inequality: Crash Course Sociology #41 
      Details how conflict theory helps explain how education perpetuates class, racial and gender inequalities. Discusses how cultural capital influences educational attainment.
    2. Education in Society: Crash Course Sociology #40 
      Abstract: [This video] explore[s] the history of education as a social institution, with a specific focus on how the US organizes its educational system. We’ll look at education through the lenses of some sociological paradigms: structural functionalist approaches (including some of the manifest and latent functions associated with education), and a symbolic interactionist approach to education that shows us how self-fulfilling prophecies in educational settings contribute to differences in academic outcomes for students.
    3. “Social and Cultural Capital at School” by Sally Raskoff in Everyday Sociology Blog, November 14, 2014
      Cultural capital and education