Example: A university student is expected to complete assignments on time and come to class prepared.
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- Plural: role expectations
- The terms role expectation and social role expectation are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- In contrast to role expectation, role performance is the actual behavior and expression of an individual occupying a role.
- Variant form: role-expectation
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- Word origin of “role” and “expectation” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Role Expectation
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role expectation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-expectation/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
role expectation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-expectation/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role expectation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-expectation/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“role expectation.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-expectation/>.