Conflict Perspective In Education

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In the United States, it is required by law that every child must attend school. This can be in the form of public or private schooling, along with homeschooling. If a parent knowingly does not enroll their child in school the consequences can be costly and can potentially result in jail time. Based on this information, it is very apparent that education is highly valued within the country. U.S. citizens are constantly looking for ways to improve their lives and education is essential to their success. While in school, students are able to gain more knowledge about the world they live in. They also acquire new sets of skills from recognizing patterns to operating simple scientific tools. A part of assessing how many students are advancing in …show more content…
The conflict perspective is “social behavior best understood in terms of tension between groups over power or the allocation of resources…” (Schaefer, 2013, pg. 16). These resources can include anything from money to social benefits to educational resources. Because not every student has mastered test-taking skills, this can lead to advantages in some population of students over others. This can lead to unfair assessments of a student’s grasp on concepts covered by the tests, resulting in failed attempts to pass on to the next grade level. In order to find out more information on these possible consequences, a research study will have to take …show more content…
I believe the best type of data to use for this research will be quantitative data. Quantitative data will allow me to explore how standardized testing affects a larger population of students. It will also provide numbers on how successful students are at taking these tests. Since quantitative data is what I am looking for, the best source for collecting this information will be through surveys. The targeted audience for the survey will have to be children in grade school who have previously taken a standardized test. If the participants of the survey do not fit these criteria, the survey will not be a reliable source of information. For the sake of my research, I will survey middle school students in Georgia who have finished their CRCTs for the year. This will be an ideal sample group because it will encompass the entire middle school population in Georgia. The sample group can then be broken down into smaller sample groups of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. It will represent the state as a whole, as well as representing each individual

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