Identity formation in educational settings: A contextualized view of theory and research in practice

Hanoch Flum, Avi Kaplan

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In this concluding article of the special issue entitled " Identity Formation in Educational Settings" , we explicate the notion of identity as an integrative concept, discuss its growing popularity in the social sciences, and point to its special significance to education in contemporary society. Following an Eriksonian psychosocial approach and sociocultural emphasis, we look at the process of identity formation as a product of interrelatedness between the context and the individual person, and underscore the interaction between developmental and learning processes. We draw examples from the studies in this collection to highlight these conceptual relationships, as well as to contribute insights from the different research questions and modes of inquiry into the practice of co-construction of identity and knowledge in a variety of school contexts. We conclude with a call for the promotion of practice, research and theory in the emerging domain of identity formation in educational settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-245
Number of pages6
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2012


  • Educational context
  • Identity exploration
  • Identity formation
  • Learning process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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