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Concepts in Occupational Socialization Theory

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DOI: 10.23977/curtm.2021.040101 | Downloads: 35 | Views: 839


Colin G. Pennington 1


1 School of Kinesiology, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, USA

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Colin G. Pennington


Occupational Socialization Theory (OST) has been a thoroughly researched topic among scholars of sport pedagogy for over 40 years (see Richards, Pennington, & Sinelnikov, 2019). The purpose of this mini-review is not to cover the extensive body of knowledge based in OST research, but to provide a brief outline on two less often mentioned concepts lying within OST; the phenomenon of dialectics and mentorship as a socializing agent. First, it is important to recognize the model of OST relying on a three-phase, time-oriented continuum for understanding the phenomenon is now outdated (Pennington, in press). The past five years there has been in increase occupational socialization theory scholars describing the socialization experiences of individuals pursuing higher degrees in physical education or seeking careers as professors of physical education teacher trainers or PETE faculty (Pennington, 2019).


Occupational Socialization, Secondary Professional Socialization, Dialectics, Mentorship


Colin G. Pennington, Concepts in Occupational Socialization Theory. Curriculum and Teaching Methodology (2021) 4: 1-3. DOI:


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