ERIC Number: ED074011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jul-30
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Sociology and the Study of Education. Report of a Planning Conference for the NIE Planning Unit.
Dupuis, Mary M., Ed.; Mitzel, Harold E., Ed.
Among the explorations undertaken in the course of establishing the National Institute of Education (NIE) by the NIE Planning Unit was a set of eleven conferences of experts on educational problems, methods, and content. Three of these conferences focused on the contributions that anthropology, psychology, and sociology might make to the fulfillment of NIE goals. This report covers the conference of seven sociologists in mid-1971. Attention focused on the possible conflicts among the three basic goals posited for NIE--between equality, on the one hand, and quality and resource effectiveness, on the other. Quality and resource effectiveness require different kinds of education to meet the different needs and talents of individuals; but such differences cannot exist without accompanying connotations of higher and lower, good and bad, prestige and stigma. Populist sentiment, in the name of equality, seems to call for leveling all education up, or down, to a common, undifferentiated, system. The group felt that sociologists could be helpful in finding goals and strategies for achieving appropriate diversity while minimizing problems of status and stigma. Other problems addressed included questions about what makes an educational institution resilient, the relationships between size and other characteristics of educational institutions, and the characteristics of our educational system that make teachers feel weak and ineffective. Related documents are ED 047 167, SO 005 739, and SO 005 740. (IM)
Descriptors: Conference Reports, Educational Economics, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, Educational Problems, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Educational Sociology, Equal Education, Foundations of Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Social Sciences, Sociology
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Planning Unit.