An analysis of adolescent development in educational contexts



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An essay on adolescent development in educational contexts

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Moreover, peer influences do not operate independently but remain interconnected with family and school influences in complex ways. Family and peer influences operate sequentially, competitively, or in a compensatory fashion at different stages of development, and parental factors can contribute to deviant peer involvement (Dick et al., 2009) However, even during adolescence, the family can provide a source of supervision, guidance, and protection. Hawkins and colleagues (1992) have proposed that strong bonds between an adolescent and his or her parents reduce the likelihood of problem behaviors and substance use because they tend to reduce the salience and value of peer influences, and vice versa. Efforts of parents to monitor, structure, and limit peer activities are also important to delay or reduce exposure to risky peer contexts, which may be especially important during early adolescence, when youth are most vulnerable to heightened reward processing coupled with a still immature self-regulatory system.

Adolescent Development in Social and Community Context

The achievement gap between different racial/ethnic groups is partly explained by differential opportunity and preparation for high school. Among the educational practices widely used by secondary schools to address the achievement gap are academic tracking and high-stakes testing. Although motivated by good intentions, neither of these practices has been successful in reducing the achievement gap, and neither seems to be well informed by the science of adolescent development. Very importantly, both practices also appear to disadvantage ethnic minority adolescents.

The focus will be on adolescent development as influenced by diverse contexts
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CHAD 339 (3) Exceptional Children and Adolescents This course examines the developmental trajectories of exceptional children and adolescents in the contexts of the family, school, and community. The focus is on disabling conditions and diversity in young people including the causes and characteristics of physical and mental disabilities and giftedness, the identification of individuals as exceptional, and interventions provided for these individuals. The course includes examination of discrimination and the efforts undertaken to protect the rights of exceptional children and adolescents. Prerequisites: PSYC 100, 220, 230, and 331 or 349 must be completed with a C or better.

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Although peers are typically cast as solely negative agents in adolescent development, the fact is that the peer group as a context and specific peers as relationship partners exert mostly positive influence on adolescent development (Brown et al., 2008). Peers provide normative regulation (Eder, Evans, and Parker, 1995) that defines, clarifies, maintains, and enforces norms for behavior in dyadic and group settings. For example, peers provide feedback about family rules, curfews, and privileges that help an adolescent understand when his or her behavior has gone beyond normative practice and when parents are acting normatively. Peers also provide a staging ground for the practice of social behaviors, leading to social cognitive competence and experimentation with roles, leading to identity development. Peer friendships offer an adolescent the opportunity to explore intimacy, and groups offer opportunities for leadership, competition, conformity, and rebellion. Peers provide feedback so the adolescent can experience the consequences of trial behaviors and develop a comfortable, stable identity.

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CHAD 491 (3) Children, Adolescents and Social Policy This course explores the role of social policy in children’s and adolescents’ lives. A main goal for the course is to promote students’ understanding of how social policies shape development and how the current state of families influence policy. Topics to be covered include child care, education, family values, work and family, legal policies affecting children and adolescents, welfare reform, sexuality issues (e.g., teen pregnancy and sex education) and family violence. The impact of policies on disadvantaged groups and diverse family types will also be explored. Prerequisites: PSYC 100, 210, 215, 220, 331, 349, and 395 or CHAD 496.