Key Assessment: Erik Erikson and Charlotte?s Web

Key Assessment: Erik Erikson and Charlotte?s Web

Key Assessment: Erik Erikson and Charlotte?s Web
In this assessment, you are asked to focus on using your knowledge of child development and learning and Erik Erikson?s theory of the Eight Stages of Man to explain how the characters in E.B. White?s book Charlotte?s Web illustrate each of the eight stages. For this assignment, you will concentrate on the first four stages.

Read Charlotte?s Web with the idea that the author created the characters based on Erikson?s Eight Stages of Man.
Using your text by Trawick-Smith (2010), develop an understanding of Erikson?s first four Stages of Man. Your aim is to be able to relate each stage to stage in Wilbur?s life in White?s book.
Using the information learned from the teaching of Erikson, you will relate each of the first four stages to information gleaned from Trawick-Smith(2010) text, or other research (developmental theorist) regarding characteristics of children in these stages of development.
Identify the role culture plays in a child?s development by answering the questions provided.

Your assessment must respond directly to each of the following steps and questions:

Step One: Beginning with the definition of the first four stages, you will write a paragraph describing each stage and an example from Charlotte?s Web illustrating the specific stage. Proper citation will be used when citing Charlotte?s Web (record page number cited).

Step Two: Identify the multiple influences on a child?s development
Using the first four stages of man, connect other research supporting the characteristics described in Erikson?s stages. Elaborate on at least one development theorist work, textbook description, or peer-reviewed article supporting the characteristics of each of these stages. Choose from the work of Maslow, Brofenbrenner, Vygotsky, or Piaget. Remember to support your work by providing citations.

Step Three: Integrate knowledge and critical perspective on early education and cultural differences.
1. Explain how a child?s culture can influence his stages of development.
2. What are some causes of cultural variation in infant attachment?
3. How does autonomy vary across cultures?
4. There were many key emotions expressed in Charlotte?s Web; provide two examples of how the interactions with adults and cultural beliefs influence the expression of these emotions.

Step Four: Reflection page
Provide a one-page reflection describing what you learned with regard to Erickson?s first four stages of man as it relates to child development. How will you use this information when working with children and their families?

Step Four: Reflection page
Provide a one-page reflection describing what you learned with regard to Erickson’s first four stages of man as it relates to child development. How will you use this information when working with children and their families?

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