ERIC Number: ED106427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Psychological Anthropology and Education: A Delineation of a Field of Inquiry. Final Report.
The goal of this report is said to be to review current approaches in psychological anthropology in such a way as to demonstrate what are perceived to be their relevance and importance to an adequate anthropology of education. Part One examines the trends seen emerging in the study of perception and cognition which those interested in education should find valuable. Part Two reviews research in socialization process emphasizing that education is embedded in a sociocultural matrix. It is argued that educational practices, in any given culture, arise from the requirements of the maintenance systems of that culture. In Part Three, the importance of historical context (migration and change) and situational factors (minority status) are argued. Some specific researches with various groups for whom the educational literature has had some interest, and in some cases preoccupation, are examined. The concluding section: (1) recommends how psychological anthropologists might more effectively influence educational research; (2) builds on the material previously presented, some delineation of priority problems in education; and; (3) as an overview, takes up a fundamental criticism which might appear to argue that psychological anthropology, despite what has been said here, does not have relevance to the study of education. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Education, Syracuse, NY.