ERIC Number: ED312219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
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Different Conceptions of Self and Role among First Year Students Training for "Caring" Professions.
A comparative analysis is presented on the differences between student teachers and student nurses regarding the way in which they perceive their roles. It is hypothesized that there is a difference in the pace of occupational socialization which ranges from "instant" (acting and feeling as a professional from the beginning), "incremental" (seeing process as a series of skills to be learned with enhanced professional status granted at each step), and "deferred" (little sense of developing a professional "self," professional status conferred upon qualification). Interviews and questionnaires were used to obtain information from first-year student teachers and nurses on how they perceive their progress toward attaining a sense of becoming professional in their fields. The material is reviewed under three headings: (1) different conceptions of self; (2) different conceptions of role; and (3) different conceptions of the process by which self and role come together. Some general conclusions are drawn on differences between the two groups and the way in which they are trained. A transcript is appended of a conversation with a student nurse. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on the First Year Experience in Higher Education (2nd, Southampton, England, July 20-24, 1987). The appendix contains small print.