3. Sociology of Education

This section introduces you to the basic terminology of educational sociology and encourages you to get familiar with sociological literature.


Begin this section with a discussion (in Optima) of the topic introduced below, then continue to the definitions and finally complete the task 1.

‘Sociology is the study of those who don’t need it by those who do’ (Weightman, 1977).


Discuss your preliminary thoughts and views of educational sociology. Following questions might help you to start: What do you understand by the concept of educational sociology? What is your attitude to educational sociology? Why do teachers need sociological understanding in their work?  How could you benefit from and exploit findings of educational sociology research as a teacher?