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ERIC Number: ED060944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 11
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The Development of Role Concepts.
Friedland, Seymour J.
The development of role concepts, as revealed in the ways in which children of different ages conceptualize specific occupational roles, is presented. The conceptualization of roles was studied in groups of 10 boys and 10 girls each from the first, third, and sixth grades. The mean ges of the groups were 6.9, 8.9, and 11.9 years, respectively. Each subject's original response to each of five role concept formation situations was assigned to one of the three following categories: (1) Non-relevant, Irrelevant Response, (2) Concrete Role Identification, and (3) General Role Functions. Differences in type of role conceptualization were analyzed by means of a chi square. The analysis showed that (1) in the youngest group, conceptualizations fell primarily into the category of Concrete Role Identification; (2) in the two older groups, more than half of the responses fell into the General Role Function category, the number being highest for the oldest group. For all groups, the number of children classified as primarily giving non-relevant responses was minimal. No significant differences due to sex were found. It is concluded that there appears to be a developmental progression from role concepts based on concrete-specific acts and details to those based on general abstract functions. (DB)
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Note: Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Meetings (Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 1971)