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Social Purpose and Schooling

Alternatives, Agendas and Issues, 1st Edition

By Jerry Paquette


206 pages

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First published in 1991, this work critically analyses the competing claims about alternative arrangements for schooling. It does so in light of major popularly understood agendas for social and political purpose, and of the troubled and much less clearly understood assumptions and issues behind them. The book examines closely four generic types of arrangements for schooling in light of a comprehensive framework for understanding the publicness or privateness of schools, and the relationships between social and educational purpose.

The book poses key questions about the meaning and purpose of schooling in the rapidly evolving social, demographic and technological realities of the time. It also probes fundamental assumptions, values and beliefs behind educational and public policy-making. In doing so, it offers a way to make sense of unorthodox arrangements for the provision and funding of schools.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Glossary of Terms


1. Education and Social Purpose: The Front Line of Ideology

2. Ideologies and Agenda of Schooling

3. Changing the Rules of the Social Policy Game

4. Frameworks for Understanding

5. Options and Alternatives

6. The English Experiment: Privatize and Standardize

7. Issues in Conflict: The Principal Arguments

8. The Pluralist Agenda and Education

9. The Schooling Crucible: Education and Our Future



About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Sociology of Education

This set of 62 volumes, originally published between 1959 and 2005, amalgamates a wide breadth on the sociology of education, with a particular focus on culture, class and curriculum theory. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Experimental Methods
EDUCATION / Home Schooling
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects