Amish Education: A Synthesis

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Title: Amish Education: A Synthesis
Creators: Anderson, Cory
Keywords: Literature review
Meta-analysis
Parochial schools
Structural functionalism
Socialization
Ideology
Social structure
Ethnography
Separatism
Social networks
Mutual aid
Humility
Heritage
Dysfunctions
Special needs children
Wisdom
Symbols
Roles
School board
Teacher
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Ohio State University. Libraries
Citation: Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies v. 3, no. 1 (2015), p. 1-24.
Abstract: Amish education is one of the most researched subtopics in Amish studies. This article is a meta-analysis of the existing literature about Amish education, finding that most research discusses how the parochial school system functions to socialize students into the broader Amish social system. In particular, the school socializes students into (1) several major Amish defining internalized dispositions, ideologies, and outlooks and (2) the meso- and micro-level Amish social structure. Several anomalies do exist, including their educational approach to special needs children, parochial school dysfunctions, and alternative schooling methods. The article concludes with suggestions for future research, including more rigorous ethnographic studies that better divulge latent functions and the utilization of other theories to unlock other implicit patterns.
URI: https://doi.org/10.18061/1811/69368
http://hdl.handle.net/1811/69368
ISSN: 2471-6383
Rights: The author retains copyright ownership of this article. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the author.
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