Prescribed Roles

Each role you adopt, whether achieved or ascribed, contains a set of normative expectations about how you should behave when you are in that role. The norms associated with the role tell us and others how to play the role successfully.

For example, you have all adopted the role of student and you understand many of the prescriptions that go with this role. An A-level student is expected to:

  • Attend classes.
  • Do homework.
  • Take notes.
  • Listen attentively etc.

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