ED 515 - Adolescent Development and Identity
This course provides an overview of classic and contemporary theorists and theories on adolescent development and develops the awareness, knowledge and skills needed to be an effective teacher of adolescents who come from a diversity of social and cultural backgrounds, bringing with them a diversity of issues, interests, and needs. Readings, class discussions, and activities consider specific aspects of adolescent identity (race, class, gender identity, social class, immigrant status, ability and disability) and the ways these can play out in the school environment. The course introduces the notion of cultural competence and develops a theoretical notion of culturally relevant pedagogy that is grounded in three propositions: Academic achievement, cultural competence, and sociopolitical consciousness. Course assignments require students to conduct a series of semi-structured interviews with adolescents.
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