Anyone with ideas on how to write about the development stages, theories from J. Piaget and Erik Erickson?

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James Kelley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I"ve always understood these developmental stages as a story; the protagonist (the person who's developing) faces different challenges and, as a result, changes in the course of the story. This approach works especially well with Erikson's model, which casts the development in terms of quests at which the hero succeeds or fails.

If you want a specific story to try this idea out on, consider something short by James Joyce that includes an epiphany at the end, such as "Araby" or (although it's not all that short) "The Dead." In these stories, the protagonist (a boy in the first story, a middle-aged man in the second) is forced to revise his view of the world and develop a more mature understanding of human relations.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The notion of a journey is a compelling one when examining the theories of Piaget and Erickson.  I would also submit that there is a very heavy notion of Marxism in terms of the intellectual development in each of the thinkers ideas.  The notion of dialectics, in particular.  Within each idea (thesis), there is an antithesis present and this conceptual framework helps to better understand progression and development.  Developmentally speaking, Piaget's thought is laden with the idea of thesis and antithesis and the conflict and crisis within the protagonist in Erickson's theories help to illuminate this notion of thesis and antithesis within the individual.