Professional Socialization

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 246. Reviews the book, Becoming Professional by Rue Bucher and Joan G. Stelling (see record 1979-14092-000). The book is about how people are shaped and molded by social institutions. This book is structured into eight chapters. An introduction that traces the theoretical framework is followed by two methodological chapters and a heavy description of the considered sample of trainees and its representativeness. Then there are four chapters explaining how one becomes professional, how the self relates to others including colleagues and authority figures etc. The last chapter concludes and summarizes the implications that this study has for the theory of professional socialization. The authors, with this work, give us a beautiful example of theory construction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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