Erik Erikson 's Psychosocial Development Essay

1760 Words Mar 7th, 2016 8 Pages
The job title of “teacher” is just that, to teach. We do not solely teach what the students learn in the classroom however, we also teach them life skills as well. We teach them how to have social skills, be problem solvers, and evoke high level thinking, as well as a multitude of other things. In order for this to happen we must first understand our students and know how to carter to their needs. It all starts with knowing the child. We have to familiarize ourselves with the student and where they come from. As we all know being a teacher means being in contact with students from various backgrounds. As the school year progresses we tend to build bonds with our students and to understand them more and more. In this paper I will explore Erik Erikson’s psychosocial development and how it applies to teaching. I will provide an introduction to who Erikson was as a person then move into his theories. During his adult life, Erikson examined his childhood and determined that he faced an identity crisis. There were many issues that he faced as a child and once an adult was able to understand the cognitive development of why these things happened. He went on to study children in his later years he discovered that the issues he faced were not internal or because of him but because of his interactions with his environment (Cross). After studying children, Erikson developed his theories of psychosocial development, also known as the eight stages of man. The backbone of this theory…

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