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ERIC Number: ED138525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Professional Confidence and the Graduate Student's Double Bind.
Wolensky, Robert P.
The socialization of sociology graduate students is examined to determine why graduate students often lack professional confidence, promise, and maturity. A review of professional development literature indicates possible problems. The student who lacks professional and occupational objectives, commitment, and works at less than full potential is described in section I. Section II discusses lack of graduate program standardization, unstructured curriculum, competitive grading, and student exploitation as sources of the problem. Section III describes the central cause of student problems as a double bind, consisting of the contradictory communications that sociology is a discipline of shapeless complexity and that the primary goal of the graduate student is to tie up all loose ends. These two communications, entitled the fallacy of shapeless complexity and the fallacy of closure, are characterized in sections IV and V, followed by solutions to the problem in section VI. The solution is to improve student and faculty awareness of and communication about the double bind and then to attempt practical reform of examination procedures, degree requirements, and knowledge development. References are included in the document. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Communication Problems, Degree Requirements, Educational Improvement, Educational Problems, Educational Theories, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Institutional Environment, Intellectual Development, Professional Education, Professional Training, Relevance (Education), Social Sciences, Socialization, Sociology, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revision of a paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (New York, New York, August 30-September 3, 1976)