KURT LEWIN’S THEORY OF ADOLESCENCE Karina Fernández Leonel Sierra
Transition of a groupmembership Adulthood Responsibility Identity Commitments Rebellious attitudes Vulnerability Hormonal changes Childhood
“Lewin’s Life Space” The life space consists of all events in our past, present and future that help shape and affect us. Each of the events helps determine our behavior in any given situation we are in. The life space also consists of a person’s needs in interaction with the psychological environment
Social factors of development Social history Goals Experiences Social class Family structure Formal education Religion ideologies Informal education Culture Political ideologies The adolescent doesn’t belong completely to any group: Not children nor Adults
“Individual development” Lewin was interested in people individually instead of in a group. Lewin also proposed a basic state of equilibrium between the person and the environment. Lewin promoted sensitivity training for educators and parents to reduce conflicts. Lewin focused mainly on social problems that affect how a person lives and works. Lewis also proposed a basic state of equilibrium between the person and the environment.
Adolescents get confused easily , they don’t have a direction to their specific goals , because the don’t have defined goals, although they’re open to constructive guidance.
Adolescents are vulnerable to persuasion, seduction, and group pressure, teachers must provide a safe environment based on respect
Communication between teacher and students promotes confidence in the students and helps the teacher to understand students needs
Adolescents may show shyness and sensitivity but at the same time aggressiveness, mainly because of the unclearness of the situation and the disequilibrium, Teachers have to deal with a different person almost every day
There is a predisposition in the adolescents to take extreme positions and to change behavior drastically, Teachers have to give them a participative role during the class to avoid the authority image the take of the teacher.
Teachers must treat the adolescents patiently with more understanding of what goes in to their life, if they allow you to ask personal questions, ask them what they want to answer.
Listen to them
Don’t treat them like an old child
Treat them like young adults
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