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ERIC Number: ED314321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-23
Pages: 25
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Trends and Problems in Sociology: As a Discipline and as a School Subject.
Eshleman, J. Ross
Is sociology a legitimate and worthwhile course of study at the secondary level? Sociology differs from other disciplines in its conceptual and abstract nature. Sociology is about organizations, systems, structures, processes, and relationships. It studies power, conflict, roles, and values. Grasping these abstractions is most difficult at the introductory level. Sociology also lacks unity of perspective. This is exciting for sociologists, but confusing for students. Sociologists for the most part have leaned toward improving social conditions and toward getting involved in social issues and reform movements. They are inclined to exhibit a tolerance for the nonconformists of society. Much of sociological instruction is politicized, and a liberalizing effect has been documented among students taking introductory sociology. Given these problems, there are multiple alternatives. Sociology could be ignored as a legitimate area of study, or it could be treated as a scientific discipline, but neither of these approaches is very realistic. Sociology must become relevant to students. Schools, through sociological training, can teach research and data analysis skills, can help students think critically about the social world and their place within it, and can help assist in the development of problem-solving skills at both personal and organizational levels. Sociology does have a place in the curriculum. A 24-item bibliography is included. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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