Erikson on Education Erik Erikson’s most influential contribution to education was his theory of psychological development. The eight developmental stages identified by Erikson in his work have exerted a tremendous impact on twentieth century educational theory. Erikson’s first stage of psychological development is trust versus mistrust. In this stage, an infant child determines how much trust he or she will place in his or her parents. This stage is ultimately resolved when the child determines that a healthy balance of trust and mistrust must be placed in his or her self, parents, and society at large (Erikson, 1975). Once a child is successful in resolving one stage of his or her development, the successful resolution of subsequent...The end:
.....ir educations as well as by educators in attempting to assist the children in resolving each stage of development as they reach it. Each of the crises postulated by Erikson are representative of a theme in childhood education and each theme “facilitate[s] growth: trust, confidence, initiative, skill, identity, affiliation, contribution, and reminiscence” (Guinee, 1998, p. 619). Reference Erikson, E. (1975).Life history and the historical moment. New York: Norton. Guinee, J. (1998). Erikson’s life span theory: A metaphor for conceptualizing the internship year. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 29(6), 615-20. Studer, J. (2007). Erik Erikson’s psychological stages applied to supervision. Guidance & Counseling, 21(3), 168-73.