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Karen M Gourd
B EDUC 556
Bothell Campus

Adolescent Development

Provides an in-depth examination of specific theories, concepts, and methods related to adolescence. Explores a wide range of topics including: cognitive development, moral development, identity formation, gender role, social relationships, and the effects of culture and schooling on adolescent development. Includes a community-based learning component. Offered: W.

Class description

Since the best way to learn about adolescents is to learn from them, this course will include a community-based learning component. Course participants will need to work with a community organization serving adolescents or in a specific, arranged program in a local school for 20 hours for the quarter. The work with adolescents can be work with youth between the ages of 10 and 22 and can be paid or unpaid work. The key is not to "volunteer time," but rather to enhance learning of course content by applying it. Information will be available at the start of the course, but begin thinking about your schedule and what might work best for you.

Student learning goals

• add to our understanding of adolescents,

consider adolescent development in relation to education, • develop practices and strategies for positive, meaningful interactions with adolescents,

understand the value of relationships to adolescents, and

gain strategies for developing relationships.

General method of instruction

This course is based in critical pedagogy and includes readings from diverse perspectives including sociology, psychology, science, philosophy, socio -cultural literature, and youth. Classtime will rely on discussion of readings and focused activities that develop skills for working with adolescents.

Recommended preparation

This course is open to all M.Ed students, current teachers, individuals preparing to be teachers, and those working with or planning to work with youth in any capacity.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Karen M Gourd
Date: 12/18/2012