ERIC Number: ED368015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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A Comparison of Socialization Research.
Moore, Scott D.
Although a large body of research exists regarding the construct of "socialization," scholars have no universally accepted definition of this construct. Additionally, scholars have used the term to describe several different components of both structural and communication dynamics without agreeing upon a metaphor or general acceptance of the identity of these components. F. M. Jablin's communication model of socialization can be used as a point of departure for comparing various other models of socialization research in three loosely organized categories: management literature, communication-education literature, and organizational social science literature. Many of the models use a three-tiered or three-phased socialization process. Characteristic of more thorough models, some authors pay special attention to the influence of outside factors, such as agents or the dynamics of organizational culture. Three issues have not been adequately addressed and should be investigated: (1) the relationship between socialization and time; (2) outside variables that can interrupt or accelerate this relationship; and (3) the manipulation of the socialization process to either increase or decrease job satisfaction and ultimately organizational retention. In the future, the socialization process needs to be identified with a broad model that takes special care to incorporate the subjective influences of outside forces. (Eight figures illustrating various models of socialization are included. Contains 56 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Communication Context; Research Suggestions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western States Communication Association (San Jose, CA, February 23-27, 1994).