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Unit IV.

Socialization

Twenty Statements Test

Theme

Description

This exercise consists of a questionnaire with one question "who am I?" This then can
lead into class discussions of socialization and how institutions influences their answers to
the question.

Learning Goals

To relate the concept of socialization to students' own lives, and thereby gain a greater
understanding of the role that institutions play on self image.
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Things Needed

A copy of the questionnaire for each student, and 30 minutes to one class period of class
discussion after the questionnaire is administered.

Actions

The results of the open-ended Who Am I? questionnaire may be used in a discussion of


how various agencies of socialization influence and help to establish our sense of person
identity. The questionnaire is to be filled out in the classroom. Because the questionnaire
is very personal, students may be instructed to fold the questionnaire vertically so that
their answers are shielded from others. Students may be surprised to find out how
strongly social institutions, such as the family, the educational system, and the mass
media influence their sense of personal identity. This exercise may lead to a discussion of
the problem of oversocialization versus free will in the development of the self. In
viewing the questionnaire, ask students whether they described themselves in terms of
social roles or personal qualities. Did the answers reflect positive aspects of self, negative
elements, or neutral qualities?

Creator/Source

Adapted from Eleen A. Baumann, Richard G. Mitchell, Jr., and Caroline Hodges Persell.
1989. Instructor Resource Manual to accompany Persell, Understanding Sociology, Third
Edition. New York: Harper & Row, p. 44 & p. 305.

Twenty Statement Test (TST)


There are twenty numbered blanks on the page below. Please write twenty answer to the simple question Who am
I? in these blank. Just give twenty different answers to this question; answer as if you were giving the answers to
yourself- not someone else. Write your answers in the order that they occur to you. Dont worry about logic or
importance. WHO AM I?
1. _____________________________________________________________________
2. ______________________________________________________________________
3. ______________________________________________________________________
4. ______________________________________________________________________
5. ______________________________________________________________________
6. ______________________________________________________________________
7. ______________________________________________________________________
8. ______________________________________________________________________
9. ______________________________________________________________________
10. _____________________________________________________________________
11. _____________________________________________________________________
12. _____________________________________________________________________
13. _____________________________________________________________________
14. _____________________________________________________________________
15. _____________________________________________________________________
16. _____________________________________________________________________
17. _____________________________________________________________________
18. _____________________________________________________________________
19. _____________________________________________________________________
20. _____________________________________________________________________

From Eleen A. Baumann, Richard G. Mitchell, Jr., and Caroline Hodges Persell. 1989. Encountering Society:
Student Resource Manual to accompanyPersell, Understanding Society, Third Edition. New York: Harper &
Row. Exercise 5, Twenty Statement Test, p. 305.