Erik Erickson's Influence On Early Education

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The work of Erik Erikson greatly influenced the field of early education. This paper will include a brief summary of Erik Erikson’s life, a description of his major theories or ideas, and how those ideas impact early education today. Erik Erikson was born June 15, 1902 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Erikson grew up with a fairly average childhood life, while never knowing his biological father; he was raised by his mother and stepfather. In his beginning years of adulthood Erikson did some work as an artist and married his wife, Joan, the couple later then had three children. In the beginning years of Erikson’s career he taught at many schools, including Harvard, Yale and University of California at Berkley. While teaching he also opened
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