Erickson theory state that life is a series of stages through each person passes. He emphasized the drive for identity and meaning in a social context. He proposed eight stages of development: trust vs. mistrust, autonomy vs. doubt, initiative vs. guilt, industry vs. inferiority, search for identity vs. role confusion, Intimacy vs. isolation, Generativity (Caring for the next generation) vs. stagnation and Integrity vs. despair.
I like the fact that he changed his last name to Erickson (get it?). I think it was very important for him to be independent, to be the son of his beliefs. I also like the fact that he states that the issues in early childhood education are really our own issues.
“While the remnants o this stages stay with us all of our lives, teachers who are aware of their own process can fully appreciate the struggles of children” (Beginnings and Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education)