- 教育社会学研究 (ISSN:03873145)
- vol.47, pp.21-36, 1990-10-05
This paper examines the development of the sociology of education in Japan as a policy science. The first section focuses upon the origin of the sociology of education as a discipline in education, and examines how the idea of policy science emerged as a core of its identity. In the second section, the focus is turned to the 1960s when prominent researchers in the discipline started participating in government commissions related to educational policy and planning. Developments in the 1970s are traced, in the third section, in relation to the advance of the welfare state and its decline due to the looming fiscal stringency. In the last section, the economic and ideological changes in the 1980s are examined in light of educational policies. It is argued then that the need for policy sciences of education is rising and the sociology of education, with its past accomplishments in the field, should provide the principal basis of their development.