Moral Development In Harry Potter

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Adolescence is an interesting age filled with new experiences, emotions, and developments in all areas of a young person 's life. In the film series, Harry Potter, the young adolescent Harry Potter is no stranger to these complex developmental issues. In fact, there are many theories that can help categorize the many changes and behaviors Harry Potter presents throughout the film. The first theory, researched by Diane Baumrind, which is important to look at deals not directly with Harry Potter, but with the parenting style of his aunt and uncle. After this discussion, a conversation about Erikson 's eight stages of psychosocial development is important in determining how his past influences his present actions and behaviors. This directly leads into an engaging discussion of James Marcia 's theory of moratorium, or identity crisis, which Harry is dealing with throughout the course of the entire series. It would also be wise to discuss Kolhberg 's theories of moral development and how Harry has many moral dilemmas throughout the movie and where that would place him on the moral development scale. Next, a discussion of Piaget 's stages of cognitive development can help the audience analyze Harry 's behaviors and way of thinking about complex situations throughout the movie. Similarly, Vygotsky 's sociocultural perspective of engaging with more experienced adults, as Harry and Dumbledore do which would also lead into a discussion of Vygotsky 's idea of scaffolding and
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