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Social Identity Theory and the Active Self in Theoretical Context: A Proposed Curriculum for Undergraduate Personality Courses

Author(s) Fortlouis Wood, L.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper extends insights gained from research on social identities and social action by exploring the ways in which social identity theory can inform traditional undergraduate studies of personality. Through close examination of traditional texts by theorists such as Freud, Adler, Allport, Jung, Skinner and Rogers, possible theoretical grounding of current research on social identity and personal action are illustrated. The paper concludes with how the study of personality supports the exploration of individual and group social values, collective and personal identities, as well as commitments to social action and involvement. Empirical research is proposed on the effectiveness of this curriculum in the development of social awareness, social identity and social action.

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