Socialization Research Paper by Champ

An analysis of the process of socialization and current understanding of this process in association with childhood education.
# 98929 | 1,062 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2007 in Education (Development Studies) , Sociology (General)

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This paper contends that research has indicated that children are not passive recipients of socialization as once thought, but that they are actively questioning the benefits of conformity. The paper concludes that, while socialization can be influenced by adults and the social environment that a child is surrounded by, an individual makes his or her own conclusions. As a result, we are still living in a world of differences, with everyone having a chance to occupy specific and diverse understandings and perspectives of social order and behavior.

From the Paper:

"An examination of the meaning of socialization will reveal two distinct branches. In the first branch, the definition means that of "making a person fit to deal with others" or simply giving him certain inhibitions and a rudimentary stock of manners to operate within society (Margolin). The secondary branch intimates the idea to "organize or form in accordance with the principles and aims of socialism" (Bossard). Although it seems that the traditional model of socialization would only encompass the first definition, the reality of our current educational system and our approach to teaching socialization has its real roots in the second."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bossard, James H.S. and Eleanor Stoker Boll. The Sociology of Child Development. New York: Harper and Brothers, Publishers, 1960.
  • Orville, G. Jr. Education for Child Rearing. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1959.
  • Processes of Socialization of Young Children, Birth to About Eight Years Old, by Edythe Margolin Journal of Educational Sociology (c) 1963 American Sociological Association

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