"Pushing me ahead before I was ready was a serious mistake!"- School memories and identity development

Esther Arwas, Hanoch Flum

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Abstract

The long-term impact of teacher-student relationship on identity formation, as perceived retrospectively, was studied narratively using interview and Relational Space Maps (Josselson, 1992). A heterogeneous group of 36 Israeli adults (aged 50–60) was asked about their schooling experiences. Analysis of their narratives from a relational-developmental perspective revealed psychological “fittedness” (Erikson, 1956) as a central relational principle, having a critical impact on students' lifelong identity development, motivation, and achievement. The findings of this qualitative study lend support to Erikson's model of identity formation. The retrospection of individuals at middle-late adulthood underscores these important long-lasting developmental influences.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101649
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Volume103
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Fittedness
  • Identity formation
  • Narrative study
  • School memories
  • Teacher-student relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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