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Erikson and his Stages of Psychosocial Development
A discussion on Erik Erikson's background, his theories and their implications for the elementary school environment.
# 153288 | 1,891 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 17, 2013 in Education (Education Psychology) , Education (Theory)

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The paper outlines the background and history of Erikson and identifies the main tenets of his research and theory and his seminal studies. The paper discusses the impact of his research on developmental psychology and education and considers the implications of his theory in the elementary school and how it would impact the testing and progress of students. Finally, the paper suggests a future research study that will use participant observation of 10-12 year old students in the elementary school and will explore the observable changes to Erikson's developmental stages that may be because of the expanded usage of technology.

Part 1: Theory Study
Background and History of the Theorist
Major Tenets of Erikson's Research
Seminal Studies
Impact of his Research on Developmental Psychology and Education
Part 2: Work Place Impact
Part 3: Future Research Study

From the Paper:

"The psychological landscape was significantly altered by the erudite work of Erik Erikson. This influential and powerful psychologist provided critical insight into the development of individuals through his eight stages of psychosocial development. This theory has constructed a niche for Erikson that demonstrates his genius and skill as a researcher. The work of Erickson contains elements that are archetypal to him but also shows the influence of Sigmund and Anna Freud on his thought. His critical work Childhood and Society is a concentrate of his postulations and possibly his best-known writing.
"Frankfurt was the initial home of Erickson. He was born in Germany on the fifteenth of June 1902. His mother was a Jewish woman and the circumstances surrounding his birth are somewhat controversial. Though his mother was married at the time of his birth, it is believed that he was the product of an extramarital affair with an unnamed individual. His father appears to be an equally colorful character as he escaped Germany because of ties to criminal elements and the possibility of fraud charges being brought against him; four months after the birth of Erikson his father met a premature death."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Grotjahn, M. (1941). Observations on Sioux Education. The Journal of Psychology, VII:101- 156.
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  • Meacham, John A. & Santilli, Nicholas R. (1982). Interstage relationships in Erikson's theory: Identity and intimacy. Child Development, 53(6): 1461-1467.
  • Raphael, D. (1978). Eriksonian Identity Development in High School Students: Implications for Teachers and Guidance Counsellors. Canadian Journal of Education / Revue canadienne de l'education, 3(4): 81-92.
  • Vander Zanden, James W., Crandall Thomas l., & Crandall, Corinne Haines. (2007). Human development (8th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.

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