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ERIC Number: ED180891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 238
Abstractor: N/A
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Education, Social Structure and Development: A Comparative Analysis.
Williamson, Bill
The book examines the role of education in social and economic development. Seven chapters comprise the document. Chapter I examines the relation of education to socioeconomic development. Topics include rural-urban imbalance in education, relevance in curriculum, and ways in which the educational system legitimates equality or inequality. In Chapter II, the author identifies the social, economic, and political forces which operate in different national contexts. Topics include models of development, constraints on development, social stratification, advanced capitalist societies, dependent societies, and developed and underdeveloped socialist societies. Chapters III through VI present case studies of education in different nations. These chapters examine the capitalist societies of Great Britain and the Federal Republic of Germany; the state socialist societies of the Soviet Union and the German Democratic Republic; the dependent societies of Ghana and Tanzania; and the underdeveloped socialist societies of Cuba and China. Chapter VII presents conclusions and recommendations for further study. Some conclusions are that the form, content, and distribution of education reflect the distribution of power in society; education always reflects the compromises of politics; and educational change always follows from change in the distribution of power. Educational planning must acknowledge the nature of constraints which might prevent goals from being realized. Finally, planning requires a sophisticated understanding of how social structures mold education. (Author/KC)
Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc., 30 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003 ($15.75 paper bound)
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Cuba; Germany; Ghana; Tanzania; United Kingdom (Great Britain); USSR