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This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to theory and research in adolescent development, with a special focus on risks and opportunities that are present in this stage of the life course. Students will be introduced to the core themes and a range of theory and research that is common to a developmental approach to adolescence, with an emphasis on the implications for education and positive development.
Teenagers, Youth, Young People, Adolescents, Pubescents, and Whippersnappers: While the names may change, the developmental period marked on one end by the physical changes associated with puberty and on the other end by the assumption of adult roles and responsibilities is increasingly recognised as one of the key developmental transition periods filled with both opportunity and risk. While the hormonal changes have long been recognised, new research has documented significant neurological changes (that often don’t coincide with one another), and when combined with societal opportunities, expectations, and challenges provides the potential for developmental plasticity or entrenchment, resilience or deviance, and well-being or psychopathology. In EDUC302, we will explore theory and research that specifically focuses on the period of adolescence and consider some of the research methods that have helped to uncover the complexities in human development during the ‘teen’ years.
1. Students will develop a broad understanding of the developmental changes in adolescence and associated risks and opportunities that are present in this stage of life. 2. Students will acquire knowledge and research skills which enable them to critically review research and interventions targeting adolescents.3. Students will be able to describe the implications that adolescent developmental research has for education, intervention, and youth programmes.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
EDUC202 or EDUC204, or30 points at 200-level of EDUC, HLED, HLTH, HSRV, PSYC, orYACL, orby permission of the Head of School
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $1,641.00
International fee $7,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership