Are Agents of Socialization Necessary For a Healthy Economy


agents of socialization

A school administrator concerned with issues concerning students in a public school setting might wonder about this question. To answer it, we need to look at the definition of the term. An agent of socialization is a person (a group or even an individual) who can act in ways to influence another person’s behavior.

Agents Of Socialization

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Agents of socialization may be teachers, coaches, parents, peers, the government, businesses, communities, or the media. The key takeaways from this definition are that there are people who can act to shape learning objectives and outcomes for others. These agents of socialization also interact with and influence individuals and other groups. The way in which they do so largely depends on the needs of their context and the learners in question.

Where Do These Agents Come From ?

In the United States, the agents of socialization typically come in the form of schools, families, churches, neighborhoods, cities, governmental agencies, the media, the government, schools, and peers. Teachers, coaches, parents, neighborhoods, governments, businesses, and the media all play an important role in the education process. When discussing agents of socialization in schooling, it is important to remember that the process is not one that simply occurs over the course of time, but rather can occur in response to emerging needs and situations in the world around us. As such, this process occurs in many different dimensions that impact education in different and meaningful ways. However, it is important to note that some aspects are common in all these different dimensions of agents of socialization.

Understand The Processes And Patterns

The primary goal of sociologists is to understand the processes and patterns that unfold in societies at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Agents of socialization interact with individuals in the classroom, the workplace, the home, on the transit system, in the streets, on public transportation, in the library, on television, in magazines, in the newspapers, and at various other places. They are engaged by many different people and have many different roles to play. Students are grouped based on various criteria or characteristics and then evaluated on their socialization experiences. A hidden curriculum emerges through this evaluation, providing a richer understanding of the complex webs of influence that tie individual experiences together at different times and locations.

Bottom Line

On the one hand, researchers note that human capital is evolving so that people can provide for themselves and their families in a greater number of ways than ever before. In this context, the use of social learning objectives to measure progress helps address some of the concerns noted above. These objectives measure aspects such as educational attainment, occupational training and skills, work performance, job knowledge, and life skills. A key takeaway from the research is that the ability of people to self-socialize is not necessarily tied to their ability to learn and educate themselves. In fact, the ability to learn and to contribute to society is what is driving socialization and the development of leisure time.

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