Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. What is society? 3. Society and environment. 4. Culture. 5. Social forces and social controls. 6. Social stratification. 7. The concept of social change. 8. The school and the community. 9. The present scene in Indian society. 10. An analysis of some of the problems in India in educational perspectives. 11. New perspectives in education. 12. Education for emancipation of creative consciousness and inner harmony. 13. Education for peace. 14. Education for harmony. 15. Education for survival. 16. Education for international understanding.
"The Sociological Foundation of Education has added a new dimension to education as an interdisciplinary approach.
Man not only lives in a society, he grows and functions in a social context and various factors contribute to the growth of an individual.
Sociology which involves the study of society, social process and social change is a growing science.
Education can hardly be separated from society and so from sociology.
School is a miniature society and what happens in a society also happens in a school situation.
The factors which are dealt with in a social context may be classified under human, environmental and organisational factors.
Like parents in a family, teachers take important roles in a school.
Culture occupies a significant place in a society.
A community cannot grow without culture. Similarly, a society cannot survive without culture. As in every dynamic society there are problems, so in every school there are typical situations.
Teacher has a distinct role as a social worker and community member.
Of all the foundations of education the sociological basis has a more practical bearing on day to day living." (jacket)