ERIC Number: ED235514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Communication in the Professional Socialization Process.
Barnett, George A.; Carson, David L.
To explore the professional socialization of technical writers and communicators, 98 professional technical communicators were administered a questionnaire identifying key concepts in the field. On seven occasions, professionals, teachers, and graduate students were asked to estimate how greatly these concepts, together with four additional terms including "me" (self concept), differed from each other. Metric multidimensional scaling revealed that students' attitudes changed in the following ways during their graduate programs: (1) variance among student attitudes decreased as a function of a common educational experience, (2) identification with their future profession and acceptance of the diverse concepts describing the profession increased, and (3) similarity with teacher and professional attitudes developed. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Dallas, TX, May 26-30, 1983).