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The Sociological Bases for Individual Differences: The Relation of Solitude to the Crowd


by Thomas S. Popkewitz 1983

The social and political elements that come into play through the idea of individual differences is the theme of this essay. The first section focuses upon issues of social control, authority, and legitimacy that underlie any conception of individuality. The following discussion considers the ways in which cultural circumstances and social environment modify and alter pedagogical schemes. It is the thesis of these sections that educational ideas and consequently the appropriate means of responding to individual differences change as social conditions and values are transformed. In the present, as in the past, schools mediate social values through conceptions of individuality that underlie classroom organizations.


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This article originally appeared in NSSE Yearbook Vol. 82, No. 1


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 84 Number 5, 1983, p. 44-74
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19056, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 11:03:36 PM

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  • Thomas Popkewitz
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    THOMAS S. POPKEWITZ is a faculty associate the Wisconsin Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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