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ERIC Number: EJ894420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
A Sociology "of" or a Sociology "for" Education? The New Zealand Experience of the Dilemma
Rata, Elizabeth
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v20 n2 p109-128 Jun 2010
The sociology of education in New Zealand, as in other countries, is affected by the dilemma inherent to the discipline, namely: is it a sociology "of" education or a sociology "for" education? In this article I analyse three factors in which the dilemma is played out: "cultural oppositionism" in the indigenous (kaupapa Maori) approach, critical policy research and the role of empirical research. I argue that a sociology "for" education is fundamentally weakened by its politicisation, a flaw not helped by the difficulties in drawing political goals from moral imperatives. In contrast a sociology "of" education, which uses the strengths of empirical research and theoretical analysis, offers the better hope of renewal for, what is, in New Zealand, a moribund discipline. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand