Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Understanding Youth

In Chapter 2 of Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators by Nakkula and Toshalis identity and context mapping is discussed. When a person thinks of how they define them self they think of what characteristics define them. Such as,  school, work and home life. This is what is demonstrated in context mapping. An individuals' identity is changing due to the context that an individual is in during that point in time. An example of this in my life would be when I am in school I am a student but when I am at my internship I am a teachers assistant and I am a leader. In the reading Julian's bathroom graffiti experience, Julian was asked by Mitch to make a list of the spaces and relationships in his life. The list was made in hope of opening his eyes on what the things surrounding him are demanding from him. This would be my context map, these are the aspects of my life that are demanding of me.

The four identities are as followed:

1. Foreclosed identity: is defined without any prior life experiences, for instance following in parents footsteps due to what the parents want.
2. Diffused identity: is defined as changing their identity in regard to their surroundings. Beliefs could be constantly changing while trying to fit in with others.
3. Identity moratorium: is defined as using this period for testing out new ideas. Through testing an individual would find out what works for them and what does not.
4. Achieved identity: is when an individual gathers their past, present and future experiences to find their constant path and identity.

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