SOCIALIZATION and EDUCATION
Becoming Human; A Lifetime Process
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Introduction to the Module (Hub)
Documents Included in this Socialization Module
Since culture is learned, we should examine the learning process to see how culture is reproduced
Culture, which makes us human, is learned.
Learning, therefore, is a process of becoming human.
Much of what is written about socialization is social psychology, from the individual point of view, but here it should be sociology, from the society point of view.
While from the point of view of the individual, the process is what makes us human, in contrast, from the point of view of society and culture, it is the means that culture and society perpetuates (reproduces) itself.
Both socialization and education involve learning, but there is a difference important in sociology.
Socialization is what happens every day of our lives, is not planned, involves our learning our identities, the nature of reality, and how to get along with others.
Education, in contrast, is planned, usually involves a formal organization with the responsibility of providing and monitoring the learning, and concentrates on finite skills and knowledge.
Two different pursuits in sociology follow from this difference.
The study of education looks at our social institutions responsible for learning, while the study of socialization looks at how culture perpetuates itself.
As with the other sociology modules, this is a set of lecture notes aimed at the beginning learner of sociology.
The document, “An Aural method to Learn an Oral Language,” is an effective and proven method for learning a new language based upon how you learned your first language, part of your primary socialization, in contrast to the rules based formal methods usually taught in schools.
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