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Topic 1: Socialization techniques

Analyze the socialization techniques (conscious or unconscious) used by your family and teachers. Discuss the techniques used. Support your discussion by citing appropriate textbook materials from chapter 2 and use correct APA format in in-text citations.

According to Berns (2016), “Some of the socializing techniques by which sociocultural expectations influence behavior are group pressure, tradition, rituals and routines, and symbols” (pg. 69). Traditions and routines are two that I will discuss from those listed.

  • One unconscious family tradition that we partook in and highly honored when I was growing up was Christmas. This was a tradition that was passed down from generation to generation and my mother’s favorite holiday. From my youth, I was taught that this was a religious holiday and an important celebration because it was linked to the Messiah’s birth. In my adulthood, I was led to a study in the Book of Luke and introduced to biblical feasts and festivals. This study caused me to celebrate the birth of the Messiah through the eyes of Hanukkah rather than mixing the Messiah with Santa Claus, trees, and elves. Of course, this transition to break away from the cherished family tradition that I grew up with was not received well by my parents, siblings, and church members. In the end, my children were fine with the conscious decision we made as a family to honor this tradition in our home. In the end, I learned that one should take time to research generational traditions and the reasons why they are celebrated and cherished.
  • Routines, according to Berns (2016), “are repetitive acts or established procedures” (pg. 73) and can be found in classrooms under the supervised care of teachers. An early childhood educator creates routines for the early learner to follow. The child is unaware of the purpose or goals of the routines but as they continue to participate, learn, and grow through the routines the teacher created they achieve growth in their cognitive, social/emotional, language, and physical development. The unconscious routine of washing one’s hands becomes a state of awareness and hygiene and cleanliness are learned. In closing, the short-term goal of classroom routines teaches children how to follow instructions and maintain a schedule, which supports the future goal of time management benefiting the child’s development.

Topic 2: Pinocchio and Gepetto

I am sure that all of you are familiar with the story of Pinocchio. To refresh your memory please research and read the story about Pinocchio and Gepetto. Then, shared briefly the trials and tribulations of a little boy growing up and the socialization agents contribute to the socialization.

The Blue Fairy gave Pinocchio life and he very much desired to be a real boy, however, for the wish to come true, Pinocchio needed to prove himself brave, truthful, and unselfish. Since he was very new to his surroundings a conscious was gifted to him to help him along his journey. Sir. Jiminy Cricket was dubbed the lord high keeper of the knowledge of right and wrong, counselor in moments of temptation, and guide along the straight and narrow and would be the voice of reason during unforeseen circumstances. In my opinion, I found it interesting to see how Pinocchio at his birth was gifted with a conscious, which parallels humanity.

Immediately within Pinocchio’s microsystem he felt loved and experienced his father’s care by means of safety, rest, and education. Despite Pinocchio’s shortcoming of not being a real boy, Cleo and Figaro imparted acceptance and welcomed him into their home and hearts. Although it was a short scene, the home environment resonated with adequate love, a nurturing environment, and functionality. A few examples of Geppetto’s degree of parenting are cleanliness and hygiene as seen in Pinocchio’s clothing, the apple for the teacher symbolized honor or respect to an authority figure and the importance of education. All are model mannerisms that a parent or caregiver teaches to his or her child(ren). All in all, Pinocchio’s family were healthy and positive socialization agents that contributed to a solid social foundation.

It was on Pinocchio’s way to school that temptation met him, and the enticing words of Mr. Honest John painted him a monet of fame and fortune. Sir Jiminy had the opportunity to quickly reason with Pinocchio and the choice of right versus wrong was placed before him. Since Pinocchio was solely focused on fame and fortune without understanding the consequences, he chose that path and later regretted his decision when he found out the cost. There was a negative impact that came from Pinocchio socializing with one who had self-interests the second time Honest John came around with his partner, Pinocchio seemed focused and determined to stay on the right path and head home, however, I did notice that Mr. Honest John and his partner lifted him up and carried him away. This connected me to peer pressure and how influence from others can carry the body away while the mind is connected to what is right, but the pressure is so powerful that the mind ends up united with the body and both body and mind participate in the negative activity.

Undoubtedly, those closely affected by Pinocchio’s actions provided positive guidance and were catalysts in his development. Those who were not affected by the choices Pinocchio made took advantage of him, gave him destructive direction, and had no concerns with his end. Cleary, his family had the greatest social influence during his early stages of development. At the end of the movie, I noticed that Geppetto reinforced his unconditional love for his son when they were reunited in the belly of the blue whale. Geppetto noticed the unnatural change that his son presented the ears, tail, and animalistic laugh but never made him feel guilty. According to Berns (2016), “Pinocchio was continually learning which activities he initiated were OK and which were not. Thus, some guilt is healthy in that it can control misbehavior” (pg. 43) Geppetto read Pinocchio’s face and quickly knew he learned from his error and demonstrated that their reunification was far more important than the actions from his past.

Then, analyze and discuss the primary agent(s) of socialization in your own lives. Include the impact of the microsystem (the family, the school, the peer group, the community, and mass media).

Currently, my primary socialization agents are those within my family. Covid-19 has minimized socialization within the school network and other areas, but I find ways to socialize with others in the outside world. Recently, the media impacted my attitude and my family recognized my conversations and the negative influence it had on me. For this reason, my husbandly kindly made me aware of my actions and I made the choice to minimize my interactions with the media. As stated by Berns (2016), “Most social scientists agree that socialization is unique to human beings because humans can think” (pg. 6), for this reason, I believe social distancing is being implemented to keep the thinkers away from those who are mentally asleep.

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