In this qualitative study the main aspects of individuality and identity included: gender, ethnicity, values, personality, interests and hobbies. There were 185 elementary school children 8,9,and 10 years of age who explored their self-identity. They were engaged in a pre-test and post-test focus group. Self-concept was explained through experiences, memories and relationships in discussions that followed activities. Key research questions included: How do you see yourself? How do others see you? How do you want to be seen? With a greater sense of identity and self, children were able to go to a deeper level with more meaningful and personal connections. A shift in perspectives being honored, voices being heard created more inclusive learning environments. A child could build self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem in these elementary classrooms. Sharing a significant childhood memory or telling one’s story was encouraged. Storytelling became a skill. Furthermore, creativity became a pathway for self-discovery. The findings showed self-concept needed to be developed and in this study it was determined that we needed to honor identity and as it allowed us to gain insights on the individuals: The key research questions included: What are elementary students’ interpretations of their personal identity? How can elementary students explore identity with creativity?

Author: Ella Karia

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2023

  • Date of Conference: 26-28 June, 2023
  • DOI: 10.20533/CICE.2023.0056
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-913572-58-7
  • Conference Location: Residence and Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada