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EED441 Constructions of Adolescence and their Educational Implications (8)


An overview of theories of adolescent development is presented in this subject. Specifically, physical, cognitive, socio-emotional and cultural theories of adolescent development will be presented and critically assessed. Strong emphasis is given throughout to implications for school structures, teaching, and the links between and among schools, families, and communities.


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Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- develop a critical understanding of theories of adolescent development and their main points of difference;
- apply different theories to make sense of young people in learning environments;
- reach a considered position on the relationship between psychological perspective and pedagogy;
- gain a deep insight of young people in their socio-cultural context;
- observe, discuss, and critique the role of popular culture in adolescent development and identity formation, including the portrayal of adolescents in the media and the Internet; and,
- demonstrate an understanding of current adolescent issues and problems and articulate how schools and communities are attempting to address these.


The subject will cover the following topics:
1. The contested nature of adolescence as a psychological category.

2. Physical and cognitive development:
- Theories regarding the biological foundations of, and individual responses to, puberty.
- Theories of cognition and cognitive development.
- Social cognition

3. Socio-emotional development:
- Identify the experience of emotions and the adolescent social world.

4. Socio-cultural perspectives on adolescent development:
- Socio-cultural perspectives on adolescence.
- Social construction of self and identity.
- The impact of ethnicity and SES on identity formation, and learning.

5. Culture:
- Media, internet, the use of new technology, young people as cultural consumers, self-image.

6. Adolescent issues:
- Relationships,  risk-taking, bullying and well being.  school-based and community programs in response to issues and problems.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.