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ERIC Number: ED358005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 17
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Sociological and Cultural Foundations of American Public Education: The Cultural Basis of Sociological Facts. An Introductory Essay.
Makedon, Alexander
How objective are the research methods of sociologists? Is the scientific method more or less bias-free or truthful than other methods? Even assuming that the scientific method is the best or most truthful method presently available to sociologists, how do researchers know which theory to test? This paper, an introductory essay to a college sociology course, raises these and other questions. It is postulated that one reason why sociologists use the scientific method may be that the culture regards the research results of this method as true and that the scientific method may reflect cultural values and leads to a similar inquiry about the nature of educational principles and methods. How has the culture influenced the view of education? Students are encouraged to cast a critical eye at institutions and cultural beliefs, as well as at the theories and practices that make up their own tools in the trade. Two bibliographies are included: one on the sociological foundations of education, the other on the cultural foundations of education. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Language: English
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