While reading Identity in Context by Nakkula and Toshalis it spoke about how “our goal is to help educators move beyond an understanding of adolescent identity development and toward constructive ideas for promoting such development through their everyday interactions (pg 17).”
Context mapping is an approach to design in which designers use people’s everyday lives to inform and inspire themselves for ideation. While thinking about my own context map I had to categorize it by categories such as home, school, work and social.
Four different identities would be achieved identity, foreclosed identity, moratorium and diffuse identity. “Foreclosed identity status is one in which an individual has committed to a life direction or way of being without exploring it carefully and without experimenting with alternatives (Nakkula and Toshalis p29)”. While I was growing up I had a foreclosed identity status when I was choosing what vehicle to drive. My parents, sisters and relatives have always had a Toyota so when it was time for me to buy a car; I went straight to a Toyota dealership. No questions asked on the brand of car I was going to get, only idea I pondered was what type. I went for the Corolla; my new baby and at that point forward I was part of the norm in my family of going with Toyota.
“Diffuse Identity status is a state in which there has been little exploration or active consideration of a particular identity and no psychological commitment to one” (Nakkula and Toshalis p32). This is considered to accompany adolescents and how they struggle with emotional problems to identify themselves.