T & T Fall 2010 syllabus Sec 9

T & T Fall 2010 syllabus Sec 9 - Ed 0819 Tweens and...

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Ed 0819 Tweens and Teens Fall 2010 Sarah Arva Grosik Class time: MWF 2:00-2:50 Office: Ritter Hall 471 Classroom: RH 207 Office Hrs: MW 12:30-1:30 E-mail: [email protected] Phone/voice mail: (215) 204-2267 Course Description Exuberance, excitement, social expansion, risk-taking, experimentation, breaking away, testing limits. Anxiety, peer pressure, competition, parental pressure, work and school, drugs and alcohol, test scores. These are some of the challenges that make adolescence one of the most intriguing and disturbing stages of life. But adolescence is only one stage on a continuum of human development that begins in infancy and extends into old age. At each stage, we have hurdles to climb over, tasks to complete, experiences to absorb, lessons to learn. Yet in contemporary society the extended period between childhood and adulthood seems to capture all the attention. Why? This class on human development takes a close look at one of the most confusing, exciting, and critical phases of development, the pre-teen and teen years. Using literature, TV and film, as well as articles and books from the field of human development, the course will explore how children grow into teenagers, how they survive the challenges of adolescence, and how they become productive adults. Overview of the content This interdisciplinary course is designed to help students gain a deep understanding of adolescence as a life stage. Adolescence is defined in part as a transitional stage, bridging childhood and adulthood; but adolescence also functions as a distinctive time of life during which young people face a series of developmental tasks and challenges that do not automatically disappear when, for example, a person turns 25. Depending on individual circumstances, young people may confront some of the challenges commonly associated with adolescence much earlier or later than some developmental theorists predict. For example, some adolescents face adult tasks like parenting at a very young age, while others postpone closure on their ethnic or gender identity until later in life. For the purposes of this course, the period of adolescence (roughly ages 10-25) will incorporate the time during which many young people separate from their families and become autonomous, participate in independent relationships, develop their own set of values and beliefs, come to sexual maturity, and develop a sense of self related to their gender, ethnicity, race and class. The
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course will look closely at the steps young people take as they form their identities and become increasingly independent and autonomous individuals. Approach to teaching and learning about adolescence There will be little delivery of material through lectures in this course. The instructor’s role will be to guide students’ interactions with the material and help them assimilate the material into their experience of adolescence in a way that enlightens both. The instructors will use rubrics, checklists, modeling of thinking strategies, examples from the readings, and case studies to
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