ERIC Number: ED102490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Alienation and Educational Institutions. Final Report to the New York State Assembly Scientific Staff.
This report deals with the causes and consequences of alienation as they relate to educational institutions. Recommendations to combat the causes and ameliorate the consequences are offered. The causes of alienation are linked to academic failure, disruption of the relations between school and the community-family support systems, and characteristics of the schools themselves which militate against participation in roles of responsibility. Alienated students are more prone to juvenile delinquency, to academic failure, to aimlessness and social disruption. Drug abuse is also linked to alienation. In order to relieve the causes and deal with the consequences, measures are proposed which are designed to spin webs of social relationships within and around the schools. Programs to increase community support for an identification with school activities are recommended. Measures designed to reduce depersonalization within the schools are offered. Steps to be taken to integrate school and community in day-to-day patterns of interaction are suggested. All these programs are based on the principle that education must be defined in terms of the social development of the student--the nurturance of identity, of character. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Office of Intergovernmental Science Programs.
Authoring Institution: New York State Assembly, Albany.; Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Dept of Human Development and Family Studies.