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New Approaches to Adolescent Development: Discussion on Tanaka's Theory of Hierarchies and Stages on the Reversible Operations in Human Development

[Speaker] Nishigaki, Junko:1
1:Osaka City University (Japan)

The purpose of this study is to introduce new approaches to lifelong human development based on the Theory of Hierarchies and Stages on the Reversible Operations in Human Development (THS). Constructed primarily by Masato Tanaka(1932-2005), THS describes development from birth to old ages and contains many unique suggestions. However, its explanations on the period after childhood have not been sufficiently organized, because Tanaka passed away before completing his research on life after early adolescence. This study pulls together Tanaka's various descriptions in order to construct a full developmental model from late childhood to adulthood. The important interaction between the formation of scientific and historical recognition gained through higher education and the development as a citizen in democratic society with a sense of personal solidarity is shown to be a unique implication of THS. THS also shows a critical implication on Japanese political trends on education for youth.
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