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ERIC Number: ED081655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 23
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Alternative Futures in Which Formal Education Plays a Major Role in Cultural Change.
Dede, Christopher; Hoagland, Kenneth
This paper speculates on difficulties in making American formal education an active force for conscious cultural change rather than a passive force for unconscious cultural stasis. Two questions central to discussing any educational system which purports to be a conscious force for cultural change are posed: Can a society conscious of its own cultural beliefs exist? Can this societty deliberately change to a new cultural orientation? The assumption is made that these questions are answered positively and the author explores the difficulties that such a hypothetical society would have in using its formal educational system as a vehicle for cultural change. The impact of technology and of formal education on cultural change is developed. Alternative combinations of these conscious educational impacts are described. As ideal types, these serve to illustrate the major properties a future educational system serving as an active force for cultural change might exhibit. (Author/SHM)
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Identifiers - Location: United States