Social Influences Shaping Behavior From the beginning of our life, the first social influences found belong to the family unit. If your mother, father, brother or sister, families often provide social influences closest any other group. As we grow into independent thinkers and move towards adulthood, these influences can loosen or change, but our families shape our behavior and actions from the beginning. The values , attitudes and morals are all functions of the social structure of the family and can greatly affect what we do and how we do it. For example, families can impose our religious beliefs from the time of early childhood, shaping behaviors accordingly.
Jordan Jarvis June 22, 2011 Dr. Robert Cohen Psychology 3103 The Cultural Nature of Human Development Barbara Rogoff attempts to create an understanding of how culture plays a significant role in human development. To grow and develop in any nation in the world, children are taught about the immediate world around them, such as language, heritage, traditional customs, and proper ways to behave and react to adults and situations according to their family structures. One cannot grow up without being a part of a certain culture. To fully understand the role of culture in human development, the definition of culture and its importance to a nation are vital. Rogoff’s definition of culture is not a simple one.
From the day we were born, or even earlier when we were created in the uterus, we have been constantly influenced by our surroundings, whether they are living things or nonliving objects. Parental genes and nutrition influence the development of human body. Schools, teachers, peers, and TV shows help form our perspectives of the world which we live in. Among so many sources of influence, the influence of parents and the influence of celebrities are two of the most important ones. The influence of parents and the influence of celebrities share similarities in that they influence people’s choices of lifestyle, their effectiveness through imitation, and the qualities of the influence, and contrast each other in that they differ in physical distance, the subject of being influenced by a free will, and the aspects of life that they contribute to.
As human beings, we all want to be noticed, accepted by others, and feel as though we belong. Early friendships and group experiences are vital to our social development. They teach us the so called “norms”. Such as the acceptable behaviors. Teachers and authority figures are another group that we experience during childhood.
Culture and Development- Jackie Rojas Jacqueline Rojas EDU/305 September 5, 2011 Cathleen Mullen Culture and Development- Jackie Rojas Culture can be defined as “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.” (Dictionary.com LLC, n.d.) It can also be said that this definition is not broad enough because culture can take into account many different aspects of a person’s life and how they are affected by the people and conditions around them. Culture is how a person perceives the world and what goes on around them. What factors make up a person’s culture? Culture is life itself and the factors that affect one’s life. Life and culture are intertwined therefore factors such as language, background, economic status, politics, religion, tradition, family, education and even food can make up a person’s culture.
), and his/her sense of self-worth or his/her self-esteem. An individual’s self concept is constantly changing as we interact with and react to all of the different people we each encounter in our daily lives. The variety of roles we each play or fulfill in our day-to-day lives help to shape and reinforce our own unique self concept. We should all continually evaluate and examine ourselves honestly and critically, and be willing to modify any behavior which needs modification, if we hope to become self-aware members of our society. I believe that potentially the most critical aspect of an individual’s self concept comes from the childhood messages we all receive as we are growing up.
I had to be careful at what I say or do. Culture: This is one of the larger groups. An example is Western cultures focus on individualism, and Eastern culture is known for collectivist it stresses the needs of a community as a whole. Life experience beneficial to beginning a degree Life experiences teach us how to juggle work, family and other responsibilities. It helps you in getting your degree, and to understand the next person whether it be their culture, or how they were raised.
Said (1995) explains how this process occurs in the West’s construction of the Orient as exotic. It is important to remember that identities can be experienced and/or applied to others and that what a person feels their ethnic identity is may be different from what another person thinks it is. The family is crucial in creating and reinforcing an individual’s sense of ethnic identity. A family’s surname and first name can portray a sense of ethnic identity, for example the name Gareth Jones suggests a Welsh link. The languages spoken in the family home, the food and clothing selected for children are also important influences.
Family is our first real influence on learning what the “expectations of society” (Andersen & Taylor, 2011, p.78) are and how we approach them. How a parent treats a child can be a great learning tool as to how to treat others. A child learns how to do all the basic things of life by their parents. So how a family lives in society is where our socialization begins. The media plays a large part in many people’s lives and how they perceive things such as images of people, how they talk, violence and sexual activity.
As a teacher, I understand the contemporary family and its relationship to the school and to provide practical advice for developing strong home school relationship. I learned that I have to have a good sense of who I am first before I am introduced to other children’s family’s cultures and values. My goal as a teacher is to change traditional child rearing techniques as per my parents used to raise me. I believe that a child learns through social interactions. Mr. Jean Piaget strongly emphasizes in his theories on how a child develops a self or identity that includes a personality and self-concept.