Lesson_08_Commentary - Adolescents and their Peers high...

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Adolescents and their Peers high school students spend twice as much time with their peers as their parents for boys, time spent with family is replaced with time spent alone for girls, time spent with family is replaced with time with friends Origins of Peer Groups Educational origins age segregation or age grading: grouping students by chronological age prior to age grading, age-mixing was quite common, both in school and at the work place changes to secondary education during the age of adolescence greater age difference amongst peers when adolescents worked full-time Sudbury Valley School System follows a non-intervention approach to the educational process students can come and go as they please and choose which topics they want to learn about students aged 4 to 19 choose who they interact with Gray and Feldman 1990 study gathered observational data over the course of 3 months results: age mixing was most significant for those between the ages of 12 and 15 years; likely seeking out others who possessed similar cognitive and physical capacities Distinct Youth Culture Talcott Parson and the concept of youth culture inverse of adult culture; hedonism and irresponsibility temporary experience; lasted from time youth began to experience independence until the time they got married Rise of the Youth Culture first became a widespread phenomenon in the 1920s due to: the end of World War I popularization of Sigmund Freud's work; sexual repression changing status of women; work, right to vote increased availability of automobiles
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Criteria of a Youth Culture (Micha Berger) antagonistic value system: hedonism, irresponsibility and focusing on social over academic goals image: dress, hairstyle, and other aspects of appearance demeanor: distinctive forms of gesture, gait and posture argot: certain vocabulary or ways of speaking example: Flappers; shorter skirts, bobbed hairstyles, drinking, smoking, jazz music, Cat's Pajamas James Coleman and the youth culture: age segregation has fueled the development of a separate and troublesome youth, distinctly different in values from adults or children existence of the youth culture is the origin and driving force of the large number of adolescent
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