The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

What does 'TCK Identity Development' mean?

Find out what TCK Identity Development means. TCK Identity Development is explained by Tina L. Quick - author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

TCK Identity Development

The process TCKs go through in the search for congruence in the sense of who they are. Dr. Barbara Schaetti developed a TCK identity development model (adapted in part from William E. Cross Jr.’s seminal research on identity development) and defines the term ‘identity’ as “simply the sense of who each of us is.” The development of identity is the “search for congruence in our sense of who we are.” She explains that we as, any human beings, are trying to sort out who we think we are as compared to who we thought we once were, and we compare that to what others believe we are and what we strive to become. In order to accomplish this we are constantly exploring different groupings and deciding our relationship to those groups. As we go through life, things happen that bring particular groups and our place in them to our conscious awareness.

As we move through life, our attention is brought to more and more groupings and over the course of months or even years we explore our relationship to these groupings. This begins in earnest in mid to late adolescence. Understanding our relationship within and among many different groupings that come into our conscious awareness gives meaning to who we know ourselves to be.

Dr. Schaetti’s model describes five stages the TCK goes through in his or her search for congruence in the sense of who he or she is: (1) Pre-encounter, (2) Encounter, (3) Exploration, (4) Integration, and (5) Recycling.

Search result for 'Identity Development' in The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

2.
"... the impetus for Dr. Timmons publishing the rubric so other TCPs, including you, could take advantage of it too. - TCK Identity Development - Remember the story of my middle daughter, Katrina, whose first English homework assignment back in the U.S. was to write about who ..."
"...Identity Development Dr. Schaetti’s TCK Identity Development model (adapted in part from William E. Cross Jr.’s seminal research on Identity Development), I feel compelled to share it with every TCK and ATCK I meet. It is so profound and yet the concept is so simple, I feel that every TCK needs ..."
18.
"... and among many different groupings that come into your conscious awareness gives meaning to who you know yourself to be. - The TCK Identity Development Model - I was recently speaking with Carla, a bi-cultural ATCK who had spent the first seven years of her life living in Peru. Her ..."
"...Peru. Her mother was an American and her father was an Italian who was born and raised in Peru. He spent one year of his life as a small child living in his father’s hometown in Italy learning the language. While I was telling her about Dr. Schaetti’s TCK Identity Development model she said, “I remember what it was like when I went through each of those stages as you were describing them to me.” I asked her if I could use her story to help bring this model to life for you. ..."
24.
"... Florence and I have maintained that connection with language and culture.” We will follow Carla on her Identity Development as we look at the five stages of Dr. Schaetti’s TCK Identity Development Model: 1) Pre-encounter 2) Encounter 3) Exploration 4) Integration 5) Recycling - ..."
"...Identity Developmenttudents from a local university desperately wanted to come to a talk I gave on third culture kids but didn’t have the transportation, so I met with them on their campus. It was very clear that these Asian/American ATCKs were in the Exploration stage of their Identity Development. Unlike Brice, ..."
"...Identity Developmententity development is a process, one that can take years or decades. Global nomads do eventually reach harmony in the sense of who they are. They may go through the phase of Recycling several times; that’s very normal. In the three years since I have truly understood how my internationally ..."

-------------------------------------------
"...Identity Development the “Exploration” stage of Identity Development, the question of nationality typically pops up. While the country of their parents is stamped on the front of their passports, it doesn’t really sing to them. Their host country may feel more like “home” to them. Children don’t understand when their parents ..."

Search result for 'Identity Development' in the FAQs of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

How can I help my global nomad as he makes his way through TCK Identity Development?

Search result for 'Identity Development' in Glossary of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Encounter Stage
Exploration Stage
Integration Stage
Pre-encounter Stage
Recycling Stage
TCK Identity Development
Reviews

"Tina Quick's initiative and book is a brilliant revelation of the phenomena of Third Culture Kids and their many challenges..."

More Reviews
Share on Facebook Tweet This
Buy this book:
Get a Book Preview website