Socialization Process in ODL: An Effective Approach for Student Learning Support

Ghulam Sughra


Socialization is in the process of personality formation. Successful socialization can result in uniformity within a society. If all learners receive the same socialization, it is likely that they will share the same beliefs and expectations. Socialization is the ability of learners to identify with community, communicate purposefully in a trusting environment, and develop inter-personal relationships by way of protecting their individual personalities. Conflicts of the personality can be reduced through education which is a social activity. The process of socialization and conflict values are side by side. The study was conducted to (i) to highlight the role of Socialization process as an effective approach for distance Student learning system (ii) to identify the relationship between value conflict and socialization process. A sample of 100 students of B. Ed enrolled in semester autumn 2013 and 50 tutors of same programme were taken conveniently. A questionnaire for both samples One questionnaire was developed on five point Likert scale and same questionnaire was used to elicit the opinions of students and tutors of B. Ed programme was used as a research tool for the collection of data. Collected data were analyzed through SPSS XIV by running frequencies, mean score and chi square formulas. Main findings of the study revealed that Distance education is considered as a socializing agency. This learning system serves as a vehicle of social inheritance, a source for developing commitments and individual’s capacities Socialization process contributes to a stable society as established behavior is transferred through socialization process. Socialization process is a major determinant of human nature , leads to position in the society and plays important role in grooming one’ personality. Distance education helps in decreasing value conflicts among distance learners because value conflict cannot support each participant’s expression of their values. Both students and tutors may be encouraged to increase their utilization level for resolving conflicts through socialization process.

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