I am getting ready for a 10 week seminar on Identity Formation in Online Spaces at a church in the area for parents of teens. It’s focused on my research and helping parents understand the formation process of their teens and students in online spaces. I hope to give them categories to help explain identity formation, but then I also will equip them to be proactive about identity sculpting. Here’s the tentative 10 session schedule. What am I missing? What are your thoughts? Help me shape it? Objective: To explain and help parents understand the identity formation of their teens and then to equip them to help their form their student’s identity.
Objective: To explain and help parents understand the identity formation of their teens and then to equip them to help their form their student’s identity.
Session One: Overview of Identity Formation
– Provide overview of Identity Formation – the Science of Identity (theory) and the Art of Identity (practice); provide biblical foundation; overview of online presence
Session Two: Biblical and Theological Foundation
– Teleios; Romans 12:1-2
Session Three: Theoretical Foundations for Identity Formation
– Jamesian, Eriksonian, and Marcia; Crisis; Exploration and Commitment
Session Four: Identity Statuses-Marcia
– Achievement; Foreclosure; Moratorium; Diffusion
Session Five: Online Spaces and Social Media
– Social Communities; IM; Blogs; Gaming; MMORPG etc.
Session Six: Socially Constructed Selves
– Impact of social interaction and relational experiences on identity constuction
Session Seven: Identity Sculpting
– Michelangelo; Proactive sculpting of identity; Sculpting tools
Session Eight: Guiding Exploration and Encouraging Commitment
– Tools for Exploration and Commitment; Creating an environment conducive for Identity Sculpting
Session Nine: Your Identity Formation
– A challenge to the parents about their identity formation; they cannot form unless they are formed themselves; Creating community of Sculptors
Session Ten: Celebration
– A summary of Identity Science and Identity Art
Explicit Curriculum: To teach the theoretical constructs of identity formation and to empower them to sculpt identity (Science and Art)
Implicit Curriculum: To engage their students: to give them categories and help explain to them (theoretically) how they are interacting with their student.
Hidden Curriculum: To develop a community of parents that lean on each other and disciple each other through the development of their teens.
I hope to enter into their stories, but more importantly create that space where they can enter into each other’s stories. I’m going to create an interactive website/blog for them to share their stories and find community as they develop their sculpting skills. I can set it up so that someone can facilitate the community and the interaction. I want to start the conversation, but I want them to all enter into it – both online and face to face.
Ultimately, I want to help them with identity formation, but also help them help each other.