Similar to Wundt, Titchener used introspection as his primary method of research as well. The Functionalism and the Systems Paradigm The functionalism and the systems paradigm states that society has functional needs and that the form of society will change to meet those needs. Functionalism is a theory that is very positive about society. Functionalism also influenced the educational system especially with regards to John Deweyâs belief that children should learn at the level for which they are developmentally prepared (Friedman, 2010). Copyright © Psychologenie & Buzzle.com, Inc.