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ERIC Number: ED028971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 11
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The Lay Image and the Professional Role: An Exploration of Discontinuity in the Process of Anticipatory Socialization.
Warnecke, Richard B.; Riddle, Dorothy K.
Discontinuity in changing from one status or role to another lessens with knowledge of the new role (gained through observation or indirect sources such as a counselor) and acquisition of its behavioral characteristics prior to formalization of the change (anticipatory socialization). This theory presumes that the image or role expectation upon which anticipatory socialization is based is accurate. In professional roles such as nursing or teaching, however, conflicting images exist: the professional image, which accurately indicates role duties; and the public, which reflects the dramatic and sterotypic role aspects and may also be outdated. A study of teacher interns revealed that those who made the most successful transition from student to teacher entered the intern program with the clearest and most accurate image of the teacher, based on teachers whom they knew personally as well as professionally. Research on socialization for change is needed as it relates to educational and sociological problems such as urban and vocational education. (LP)
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