Now that you know that there are many different areas of impact within the realms of the community, culture, and the media, explore your own experience and reaction to these influences. It is very common for our own experiences as a child to significantly impact our interactions with children if we are not first aware of our experiences, beliefs, and reactions.
Reflect upon the community, culture, and media to which you were exposed as a child or an adolescent and then address the following:
- Which specific aspect do you think had the biggest impact on your own development?
- What did you learn from your cultural group and your community about who you are as an individual and where you fit in the world?
- Consider your biggest impact area and do the following:
- Explain how this area aligns with the research by incorporating information from at least two academic sources to support your statements and ideas. Academic sources could include your textbook, required readings for this module, or academic journal articles found in the Argosy University online library.
- Who are the major proponents (theorists past or current) of your chosen impact and how did they reach these conclusions?
- Ask two adults what had the most impact on them. Compare this data from their responses with your own experience and your research about prominent impacts.