ERIC Number: ED060474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep-6
Reference Count: 0
The Socialization of Competence as an Ecological Problem.
Kelly, James G.
This address focuses on socialization, those processes specific to social settings which affect how persons learn to adapt to that particular setting, and the roles persons perform as they adapt to a setting. An ecological perspective is used, in which any change in the behavior of persons affects the style of living of the environment, just as changes in the operation of the social environment affect the lives of individuals. Two high school environments are being studied, longitudinally, for consequences for the students of the 2 demographically similar yet socially distinct schools. To date, the ecological thesis affirms that personal development can be accomplished if criteria for the socialization of competences are met. These include: (1) a diversity of formal and informal settings to encourage social interaction; (2) a variety of informal roles in the social environment to allow for spontaneous help-giving and for personal interactions across divergent roles; and (3) valuing varied competences and people who contribute these competences to the larger competences to the larger community. (TA)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Note: Paper presented at American Psychological Association Annual Meeting (79th, Washington, D. C., September 3-7, 1971)