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EPS 508. Theory & Research in Adolescent Development & Behavior Dr. M C. Smith. Course syllabus and requirements. Blackboard http://webcourses.niu.edu Log-on name and password 753-8100 (HELP desk) http://www.niu.edu/directory.html. Course requirements. Textbooks and readings

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eps 508

EPS 508

Theory & Research in Adolescent Development & Behavior

Dr. M C. Smith

course syllabus and requirements
Course syllabus and requirements
  • Blackboard
    • http://webcourses.niu.edu
  • Log-on name and password
  • 753-8100 (HELP desk)
  • http://www.niu.edu/directory.html
course requirements
Course requirements
  • Textbooks and readings
  • Web site search and evaluation paper
  • Case study paper
  • Small group discussions
  • Parenting book review paper
  • Topical presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Attendance and participation
  • APA ms. style for all papers
slide5
How do you think adolescents today differ from adolescents of 25 years ago? 50 years ago?100 years ago?
5 myths about adolescents
MYTH:

Storm and stress

Puberty is negative

Extreme emotionality

Generation gap

Suicide risk

FACT:

Range of experiences

Unremarkable

Emotions stable

Good relationships

Greater number, but rate is decreased

5 “myths” about adolescents
adolescence
Adolescence
  • Adolescere:
    • To grow up, or into maturity.
    • Many definitions of adolescence: ages 10 – 25 ?
  • Puberty:
    • Pubescere: “to grow hairy”
  • Culturally determined:
    • An American invention
  • Marker events for adolescence?
a brief history of adolescence
A brief history of adolescence
  • Ancient perspectives
    • Plato: development occurs in stages.
    • Aristotle: youth “particpate” in their own development.
  • Modern perspectives
    • JJ Rousseau: adolescent problems stem from social pressures to become adults before they are ready.
history
History...
  • Modern perspectives
    • GS Hall: adolescence is stormy, stressful.
    • S Freud: adolescence coincides with “genital” period in development.
    • M Meade: society largely determined the nature of adolescence.
    • E Erikson: identity formation occurs in adolescence.
history1
History...
  • Contemporary perspectives
    • RM Lerner: understanding the contexts of adolescents lives is critical to understanding their development.
    • A. Bandura: adolescent development shaped through processes of modeling, imitation, and reinforcement.
    • J. Jensen-Arnett: emerging adulthood.
what is development

What is “development”?

Significant and relatively permanent change within the individual brought about by maturation, learning, experience, or various environmental conditions--usually occurring over some significant period of time (e.g., months or years).

critical transition of adolescence d hamburg 1986
Critical transition of adolescenceD. Hamburg (1986)
  • Period of adolescence is lengthening
  • Disjunction between biological and social development
  • Confusion over adult roles
  • Few family and social support networks
  • Adolescent access to harmful substances and activities
historical perspectives on adolescence and education b finkelstein 2001
Historical perspectives on adolescence and education(B. Finkelstein, 2001)
  • The “invention” of adolescence
  • The schooling of American youth
  • The experience of adolescence
  • Diversity among adolescents