Performance Assessment: Socialization and Group Interaction

Articulate and analyze how culture, socialization, social status, and groups influence behavior and interactions.

Write a five-page (minimum) paper thoroughly discussing each of the following:

  • Socialization is the process through which people are taught to be proficient members of a society. It is not a one-time event, nor is it accomplished in a short period of time. Explain why sociologists believe that socialization develops across the life course. Explain why socialization is important and discuss the process of your own socialization. What “milestones” have you passed, and how did you know how to act after achieving these?
  • Describe theories of self-development according to George Herbert Mead, Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, and Erik Erikson and explain which of these ideas you think best describes your socialization and why.
  • List the socializing and institutional agents, and describe the roles that these play in the socialization process. Provide clear examples of how these socializing agents have had an impact on your life.
  • List and describe the types of groups and describe how group dynamics are impacted by leadership, size, and conformity. Consider using your own group memberships as examples.
  • Describe the characteristics of formal organizations and bureaucracies.

Basic Requirements (assignment criteria):

  • Assignment has been proofread and does not contain any major spelling or grammatical errors.
  • A minimum of 5 pages in length, double spaced, 1 inch margins.
  • Resources are cited in APA format in a reference list and using parenthetical citations (if you need help with this, review course resources).

Relevant terms and concepts are used and defined.

Socialization and Group Interaction—Performance Assessment
Criteria Ratings Pts
Explain why sociologists believe that socialization develops across the life course. Explain why socialization is important. Discuss the process of your own socialization, “milestones” you have passed, and how you learned these.
Concepts are accurate and well explained, with specific examples.

20.0 pts

Concepts are accurate but could use greater elaboration.

18.0 pts

Definition or description is lacking key elements and examples.

16.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

20.0 pts
Describe theories of self-development according to George Herbert Mead, Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, and Erik Erikson and explain which of these ideas you think best describes your socialization and why.
Sociologists are identified, the significance of their theories of self-development is fully explained and their ideas are applied to student’s socialization through examples.

20.0 pts

Sociologists are identified, the significance of their theories of self-development is explained but their ideas could benefit from greater discussion and examples.

18.0 pts

Sociologists are identified, but the significance of their theories of self-development is not explained and there are no examples.

16.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

20.0 pts
List the socializing and institutional agents, and describe the roles that these play in the socialization process. Provide clear examples of how these socializing agents have had an impact on your life.
Concepts are accurate and well-explained and specific examples are provided.

20.0 pts

Concepts are accurate but could benefit from more discussion. and examples.

18.0 pts

Concepts are identified, but the application of these agents is not clear.

16.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

20.0 pts
List and describe the types of groups and describe how group dynamics are impacted by leadership, size, and conformity. Consider using your own group memberships as examples.
Types of groups are listed and accurately described, using correct terms and descriptions, as well as examples.

20.0 pts

Types of groups are listed and accurately described,but could benefit from more discussion and examples.

18.0 pts

Types of groups are listed and described,but response is lacking key elements.

16.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

20.0 pts
Describe the characteristics of formal organizations and bureaucracies.
Formal organizations and bureaucracies are clearly and accurately described.

20.0 pts

Formal organizations and bureaucracies are accurately described, but could benefit from greater discussion.

18.0 pts

Formal organizations and bureaucracies are not accurately described., and this response is lacking key elements.

16.0 pts

No Marks

0.0 pts

20.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0