At the beginning of each autumn semester at Roskilde University a group of voluntary students organize an intro period in order to provide the new students with a thorough presentation to their educational future. The main purpose of the intro period is to help the new students to create a solid social foundation in order for them to feel at home in the new environment. The students, who volunteer for the job of helping the new students to a good start, take on a role as tutors. During this period they are responsible for arranging a variety of activities for the new students to take part in. These activities are based on the tutors’ common-sense interpretations, of what constitutes as valuable socialization methods. Even though the intro period is initiated with a creative show, which is the first sight that meets the new students at their arrival at Trekroner station, this creativity does not seem to translate to the rest of the intro period. The tutors’ socialization methods mainly revolve around an interpretation of Danish youth culture as characterized by heavy drinking and excessive partying. The culture, which is constituted by the tutors, builds upon vast traditions, routines and habits. Despite the emancipatory social ideology that allegedly should be the foundation of the intro period, the traditions, routines and habits seem to provide the basis for the tutors’ interpretation of constructive socialization methods. The tutors thusly seem to strive towards integrating the new students into their culture, instead of helping them to create a new social foundation with the particular group of new students as the point of departure. The culture, into which the tutors attempt to integrate the new students, is dictated by an institutional order that consists of strong conventions, to which the new students must conform in order to become integrated members. If they do not succeed in conforming, they risk being labelled as deviants and as thus excluded from the group. This thesis is a study of the tutors’ common-sense interpretations of the purpose of the intro period, their role regarding and the methods with which they seek to fulfil the purpose.
|Uddannelser||Pædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||13 sep. 2012|
- institutionel orden
- social orden