USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty article cited and downloaded more than any others in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships

Dr. Stephen Graves and Dr. Elizabeth Larkin, both faculty members in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee, learned that their article, entitled “Lessons from Erikson: A look at autonomy across the lifespan” has been downloaded 344 times, more than any other article in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships.  This same article has been cited 202 times (as of May 2010), also more than any other article in the Journal.

“When I first looked at the number, I walked into Liz’s office and said, ‘Do you think they’ve made a mistake?’” said Dr. Graves.  “We’ve heard that the average number of citations of professors in AAU institutions is around 12-14 times.”

Dr. Larkin agrees.  “To be cited over 200 times is extraordinary,” she said.  “So to know the article has been downloaded this many times is just incredible.”

Dr. Graves is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. His professional experiences include teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Florida, the University of Memphis, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University, and at Manchester College in Oxford, England.  Dr. Graves received both his Ph.D. and M. Ed. from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Elizabeth Larkin is also Professor of Childhood Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Larkin holds an Ed.D. and M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, an M.S. from Bank Street College of Education, and a B.A. from Bard College. She has served as liaison in Professional Development School (PDS) partnerships with local public schools.

“Our students are so fortunate to be learning from faculty who are so highly regarded in their field,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, Dean of the College of Education at USFSM.  “Dr. Graves & Dr. Larkin should be exceedingly proud of this achievement.  Our faculty members put a lot of time and energy into their research in order to provide our students with current and relevant information.  When academic professionals from around the globe are looking to the research and writing of our professors, it emphasizes yet again that we have some of the best faculty in the world right here at USF Sarasota-Manatee.”

Among those who download the most often from the Journal are institutions such as the University of Oxford, Baylor University and St. Mary’s College, along with other national and international institutions of higher education.  According to their website, The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR) is the forum for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and advocates staying abreast of the latest intergenerational research, practice methods and policy initiatives. This is the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field integrating practical, theoretical, empirical, familial, and policy perspectives.

The stages of psychosocial development articulated by Erik Erikson describes eight developmental stages through which a healthily developing human should pass from infancy to late adulthood. The purpose of the paper by Graves and Larkin, published in 2006, is to examine issues related to autonomy across the life span and to draw comparisons between a young child’s search for autonomy and an older adult’s efforts to maintain autonomy. A definition of autonomy and an explanation of Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development are included.  The paper concludes with implications for caregivers regarding their practices with young children and older adults.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education is NCATE Accredited and home to undergraduate and graduate programs preparing teachers and administrators as well as professionals who can assume roles related to education in a variety of fields.  Programs leading to state certification include Elementary Education (Undergraduate and graduate level); Educational Leadership, and Reading.

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