Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jean M. Haar
Role models may be defined as individuals who are worthy of imitation in some area of life. In educational circles, a role model is at times used as a synonym with the terms mentor or hero and at other times as a way to describe a relationship that falls somewhere in between the two terms. There is evidence that interacting with individuals defined as role models has an effect on children's perceptions and behavior. Children view adults—such as parents, teachers, principals, and ministers—as the most important role models in their lives. Adults, ...