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The weakness lies in the restriction of educational opportunity to class differences. The use of the concept of class in sociology of education and in educational research generally, involves no agreement on precisely which concept of class is to be used. This is a problem when research 'evidence' which is derived from investigation using one concept of class is used in other accounts where a different conception of class is in currency. Although a major problem arises between different disciplines in educational research there are also problems within sociology of education as such.

29). Here we have it then. ) is the focal point for the development of motivation for the internalization of cultural patterns. Nevertheless, the problem of the location of certain evaluative elements of culture in a sphere of 'ultimate reality' remains. We have the mechanisms of the process of socialization but on the condition that the means of differentiation in the process of socialization, a central issue in the dual problem, remains at a level beyond theorization, in the realm of ultimate reality.

Iii) THE CONCEPT OF CLASS The use of the concept of class in the sociology of education is the site of one of its greatest strengths but also one of its weaknesses. One of the Concepts in Sociology of Education 45 achievements of the sociology of education has been to expose class differentials to political debate. As we have already noted, sociological evidence has been crucial in the struggle for educational reform and the struggle for working class access to education. The weakness lies in the restriction of educational opportunity to class differences.

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