Capstone Project Title
This capstone addresses the question: How can same-identity peer groups impact adolescent development? The paper focuses on research around adolescent identity development and exploring affinity groups and other safe spaces that are options for schools to implement. There are many different theories on adolescent identity development, social development being an important part of a teen’s identity development, but what about students that do not have peers that they can easily identify with? How can they safely explore and develop their identity? The project is a curriculum guide that helps support adolescent identity development, the curriculum is geared for high school students that are adopted. It is created to follow a nine week trimester schedule, with a lesson plan and other curriculum materials for each week. The use of an affinity group that consists of adopted adolescent exploring their identity can have lasting impact on their overall development.
Curriculum, Adoption, adolescent development, affinity group
Nicpon, Nicole, "Together In Discussion: Creating Space And Inspiring Conversation To Support Underrepresented Adolescent Student Identity Development" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 793.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects