ERIC Number: ED133915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Students, Schools, and Educational Policy: A Sociological View. An Occasional Paper.
Boocock, Sarane Spence
Any intelligent discussion of educational policy must be based on an understanding of the ambiguous, marginal status and function of children and youth in our society. The integration of the young into the larger society, particularly their contribution to the productive life of the community, is at a low level. There is a declining interest among adults in spending time, money, and other resources on them. Although further research is needed on child rearing and the linkages of specific aspects of socialization with specific aspects of formal learning, as well as on other problem areas, some research does indicate clear policy implications. One is that it is important to resist the trend toward allocating ever more dollars and positions to administrators and specialists of various sorts. Instead, we should invest in more well-qualified classroom teachers and not burden them with over-large classes. Another promising strategy is to maximize or increase the sheer quantity of time in which students are engaged in active learning. (Author)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Rearing, Educational Policy, Educational Sociology, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Literature Reviews, Schools, Socialization, Student Characteristics, Student School Relationship, Students, Teachers
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Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, New York, NY.
Note: This paper was developed for the Aspen Insititue Program on Education for a Changing Society