EDUC 313 - Adolescent Development and Learning
This course explores the development of adolescents as they progress through the middle and high school years. Theory analysis, class presentations, and a case study will challenge students to develop their own understanding of how dimensions of developmental growth affect classroom learning at these critical stages. Theories from psychology, educational psychology, and neurophysiology (brain research) will be applied to classroom planning, teaching, and assessment.
Specific attention will be given to expanding teacher candidates’ understanding of their essential role in meeting the developing intellectual, social-emotional, and physical needs of culturally diverse students as they proceed from early adolescence through young adulthood. The course offers many opportunities for pre-service middle and high teacher candidates to examine their personal belief systems and educational philosophy as they relate to the education of adolescents.
Specific attention will also be given to characteristics of the young adolescent and how middle school philosophy and organization has developed to specifically address the needs of these students in this phase of their development.
This course taken at the graduate level requires additional readings and assignments.
Cross-listed: EDUC 513