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ERIC Number: ED110359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Some Problems of the School-System and the School Reforms.
Ferge, Zsuzsa
In discussing the school system and school reforms, the author examines in detail some well known dilemmas of the present-day school system -- those connected with egalitarian ideology and selective outcome, with mass education and inherent social inequalities, with the striving for more general education, and with the needs of the labor market. The author speaks mainly of highly industrialized European and North-American countries, excluding the Third World and socialist countries. For social and historical reasons, school and educational reforms are less successful than expected. School reform projects must take into account some of the more or less neglected factors. First, a thorough preliminary analysis of future reform projects must be undertaken to determine how realistic they are. Second, it is necessary to think about unwanted, indirect social effects of any reform. Third, a better knowledge about the interconnections between school and social structure is needed. On the whole, it is important to know not only the aims, but also what is possible to accomplish in any given situation, and what the tools are that would lead to the direction sought. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Introductory paper for Round Table 10, Functions of the School System, World Congress of Sociology (8th, Toronto, 1974); Not available in hard copy due to marginal reproducibility of original document