Transforming Life Stages and Special Needs Students

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Special education students have a more difficult time transforming through the stages of the Life Span and Life Course Theories produced by Erik Erikson and Kohlberg, requiring extra help from teachers, parents, and volunteers who can provide the essential knowledge and positive examples. After knowing and understanding the theories produced by Kohlberg and Erikson researchers will have a better understanding of how humans develop and transform into new stages and what it takes for a person to move through stages in life. Through volunteering a researcher can learn first-hand how these theories apply in real life by spending time with special education students. Special needs students require help from teachers and guardians to aid in their transformations which make the developmental stages progress slower; but at the same time more noticeable. Transforming Life Stages Within Special Needs Students Introduction Cultural imperatives separate a group by who they believe meets the world’s criteria as being “normal.” Cultural imperatives set ethical values and moral standards that separate human race into different life stages which can relate to Kohlberg’s Moral Developmental Theory. When researching the Life stages and human development within a special education class room, cultural imperatives become cultural diversity. Developmental theories such as Erikson’s and Kohlberg’s take place in every human beings life transformation but researching this topic through special needs students allows researchers to better understand how these transformations take place in a child’s life where they are not completely able to understand like a “normal” child could. Literature Review Kohlberg and Erikson are founders of developmental... ... middle of paper ... ...he context of inclusive practices. Psychological science & education: 103-112. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete Database. Myers, D. (2010). Psychology ninth edition in modules: Adolescence. New York, NY. Worth custom publishing. Ruiji,N. (2012). Tyler & frances online. The presence of several students with special educational needs in inclusive education and the functioning of students with special educational needs. Retrieved from academic search complete database. Scott, J. (2011). Including children with intellectual disabilities/special educational needs into national child health surveys: a pilot study. Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities 24.5:437-449. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete Database. Sherr, M. (2008). Life span theory and life course theory. Social Work with volunteers 39-42. Retrieved from Chicago: Lyceum Books.

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