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The School As Socializer

by Louis M. Smith & Sally Schumacher - 1973

A careful analysis of "the school as socializer" suggests that at-tendon needs to be directed toward the dimensions of the developing child, the processes occurring within the school as an organization, and finally the nature of the society of which he eventually becomes a part. These three elements—child, school, and society— when considered both separately and interdependently, provide a tangled web of values, theoretical concepts, and empirical data. It becomes, as a consequehce, exceedingly difficult to untangle from all of this the socializing processes and effects of the elementary school. In a discussion which of necessity will be abstract and general, it is important to remember that the concrete and particular are the ultimate referents. While our major orientation will be analytical in the sense of seeking to tease out the elements of a complex enterprise, a subordinate perspective will be historical. That is, we will try to note changes in conceptions and data since the turn of the century.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 72, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 6, 1973, p. 299-323
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19488, Date Accessed: 9/28/2020 10:11:08 PM

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  • Louis Smith
    Washington University
    LOUIS M. SMITH is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Washington University.
  • Sally Schumacher
    Virginia Commonwealth University
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    SALLY SCHUMACHER is a professor of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She received her doctorate at Washington University, St. Louis.
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