Adolescent Psychology – mat504 (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of adolescent development, including the biological, cognitive, and social changes during the period between childhood and adulthood. The psychosocial developmental period is explored, and current trends and methods of teaching and learning in a middle school are examined and practiced.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Middle-Level Factors, Characteristics, and Effects on Adolescence

  • Classify factors that affect adolescent achievement in middle school.

Middle-Level Factors, Characteristics, and Effects on Adolescence Cont.

  • Evaluate characteristics of effective middle-level instruction, management, and organization.

Fundamental Changes During Adolescence

  • Examine biological transitions in adolescence including puberty and somatic development.
  • Examine cognitive transitions during adolescence.
  • Evaluate popular theoretical perspectives on adolescent thinking.
  • Identify the process of social redefinition.
  • Analyze changes in social status.

Psychosocial Development

  • Compare and contrast the theoretical perspectives of the adolescent identity crisis.
  • Examine the development of emotional and behavioral autonomy.
  • Assess the importance of intimacy and sexuality as adolescent issues.
  • Examine psychosocial problems in adolescence.
  • Utilize technology to access reliable adolescent development resources from electronic media.

Contexts of Adolescence

  • Examine adolescent relationships with family and peer groups.

Contexts of Adolescence Cont.

  • Inspect the role of the school in adolescent development.

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