What is the difference between Functionalism and Marxism
Functionalists have a very general analysis of the role of education in society, simply looking at how it contributes to the maintenance of social order, whereas Marxists analyse the role of education by focusing on how it performs different functions for different social classes. As I see it, Marxists offer a ‘deeper layer’ of analysis…
Outline three functions which education might perform for society (6)
This is an example of a relatively straight forward 6 mark question which might appear on the AQA’s A level paper 1 (7192/1). If you require a more detailed breakdown of paper 1 please click here. The basic approach to answering 6 mark ‘outline’ questions is to think of them as 1+1 questions – in…
Taclott Parsons’ Perspective on Education
Writing in the 1950s Parsons argued that modern education systems performed two main functions – role allocation and providing value consensus through meritocracy.
How I would’ve answered the families and households section of A level sociology paper 2 (AQA, 2017)
Hints and tips on how I would’ve answered the A level sociology exam paper 2, 2017 (families and households section) Please see here for the 2018 families exam paper Please see here for more general advice on how to answer questions within paper 2. My main page of exam advice is here. 2017 Paper two exam…
4 and 6 Mark Outline Questions on Education for the A Level Sociology Paper 1 Exam
For these questions you need to make a point and then develop that point to explain further.
Sociological Perspectives: Key Concepts
Definitions of key terms for the five basic sociological perspectives – Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism, Social Action Theory and Postmodernism.