Role of Teachers in Students' Identity Essay

1016 Words Jun 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Identity is probably the most important aspect in the entire human race, everyone wanting and craving to have or at least be said to possess certain characteristics. It is in a way a state of mind for most people, created by their aspirations and the environment into which they are. The social identity theory asserts that, people always tend to put themselves as well as others into various social categories like religion, gender, age cohort and the like (Tajfel & Turner, 1985). These categories are differentiated by their different prototypical characteristics held by the members.
Social classifications cognitively order and segments the social environment in a way such as to provide every individual with a method of classifying
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It is a psychological defense mechanism that unconsciously exists in every person.
Negative stereotypes as well as negative forces such as war, race, and discrimination can negatively affect a person, and more so the young generation in schools. A teacher for example who discriminates against a student will impact negatively on the student and trigger development of a negative identity in that student. This will hinder all the capabilities and potential s of that student and success will never be possible for him/her (Schmader 2008).
On the other hand, a teacher who constantly encourages his/her students develops a very strong sense of positive identity in the students. This positive identity in turn propagates further determination in the students, making the positively receptive to more information in the future. It becomes their foundation for success. It also leads those students through high levels of satisfaction as they can positively relate their efforts to successful results.
A teacher can thus achieve an unexpectedly high degree of confidence and awareness in students simply by encouraging them. He/she can give simple test to beginners to instill some confidence in them. For others who have already been tagged as bad students or failures, the teacher can identify something that the student does well and build on it. Every person has a strong edge and it is the role and

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