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ERIC Number: ED308932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 36
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A Sociological Perspective on Intellectual Development.
Schooler, Carmi
Findings of a series of sociological studies on American men indicate that job conditions facilitating occupational self-direction increase men's intellectual flexibility and promote a self-directed orientation to self and society. In addition, jobs that limit occupational self-direction decrease men's intellectual flexibility and promote a conformist orientation to self and society. Environmentally complex work conditions increase adult intellectual flexibility. Part of the intellectual decrement reported in the elderly may result from the reduced complexity of their work environments. The experience of self-direction may affect intellectual flexibility differently at different stages of one's educational and occupational career. Studies assessing the relationship of parental behavior to children's intellectual flexibility may provide an instance of the causal interconnection of sociological and psychological phenomena such as social role definitions and intellectual functioning. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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