Education | Adolescents in a Learning Community
P314 | 5776 | Jennifer Albano

Required Text:

Santrock, J. W. (2003). Adolescence (9th ed.). Boston, MA:  McGraw

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide a broad description and
understanding of the biological, cognitive, social, and moral
developmental processes characteristic of adolescents.  Central to
the course content are discussions of the main tasks of adolescent
development, contexts within which these tasks are undertaken, and
the theories and research that provide explanations and
understandings of these tasks and contexts.  These course components
are intended to provide students with an understanding of the balance
between theoretical perspectives and their practical implications and
applications in working with adolescents.

Course Objectives:

•Students will be able to identify the various developmental theories
and levels of adolescence.

•Students will be able to use information related to the
developmental needs of adolescents to differentiate between the
learning needs of adolescents.

•Students will be able to make informed decisions and recommendations
regarding adolescent problems and issues based on their knowledge of
adolescent development

Course Policies:

•You are responsible for reading the assigned pages of the text prior
to the date they are covered in class.

•You are responsible for turning in assignments on time.  This means
that the assignment must be turned in at the beginning of class on
the date due.  No credit will be given for late work.

•You are responsible for being in class and participating in class
discussions.  Participation will account for 75 points of your final

•You are responsible for following all policies and regulations
regarding academic dishonesty, plagiarism, civility, and harassment
as stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin.  Any breach of policy will
not be tolerated.

Course Requirements:

•Participation (100 points)

•Abstracts (2 @ 50 points each)

•Case Study (100 points)

•Lesson Plan (50 points)

•Quizzes (3 @ 50 points each)

•Final Exam (100 points)

Grading Policy:
The grading scale is a standard 90, 80, 70, 60 and below.


Date/Topic/Readings/Assignments Due
January 13 Syllabus/Introductions		
January 15 What is adolescence? pp.5-31	
January 20 Theories of adolescence pp.39-53	
January 22 Physical and Biological pp.75-103	
January 27 Cognitive Development pp.  105-128	
January 29 Cognitive Development pp.  105-128	Abstract #1
February 3 The Self-Who are you	Lyrics Quiz #1
February 5 The Self/Identity Dev. pp.  137-139/291-308	Lyrics
February 10 Gender Development pp.  317-341	
February 12 Moral Development pp.  379-396	
February 17 Dating and Sexuality pp.  208-215/343-356	
February 19 Adolescent Marriage/Preg. pp.  357-362	
February 24 Movie “Teachers”		
February 26 Movie continued Quiz #2
March 2	Exceptional Adolescents	pp.  245-251	
March 4	Culture	pp.  255-263	
March 9	Effects of Mass Media pp.  277-285	
March 11 Family	pp.  147-183 Abstract #2
March 16 Spring Break		
March 18 Spring Break		
March 23 Peer Groups pp.  185-207	
March 25 Middle and High School	pp.  227-236	
March 30 Catch-up and review Quiz #3
April 1	Lesson Plans		
April 6	Lesson Plans		
April 8	Lesson Plans		
April 13 Lesson Plans		
April 15 Lesson Plans		
April 20 Problems in Adolescence pp.  444-464	
April 22 Problems in Adolescence pp.  464-470	
April 27 Problems in Adolescence	
April 29 Review for final Case Study