PSY7210_Unit_3_Discussion_2 - Career Relevant Lifespan...

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Career Relevant Lifespan Theories and Themes Teaching music education at the middle school level (grades sixth through eighth) requires the teacher to have a basic knowledge of how lifespan theories and development tie into a student’s learning. During this time period, many students are going through puberty and go through many hormonal changes. Even though middle school students are no longer in the early developmental stages, their experiences during those early years may have a long lasting impact on their current development, and the future of their development (Broderick & Blewitt, 2004). Understanding various theories of cognitive function, emotion, and other developmental milestones can help a teacher determine what material may be appropriate to teach their students and how it builds upon the student’s prior knowledge. Erik Erickson’s eight stage personality theory can tie into the development and possible outcomes for a student. The theory explains a person going through ‘crises’ to start and progress

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