2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

TCH 261 Adolescent Development and Adolescent Learning Theory

Introduces prospective teachers to the major theory and learning principles of young adolescent development and the way these research-based concepts can be integrated with the philosophy of middle school education. Participants will examine the intellectual, social, emotional, and moral challenges faced by students in the middle grades. Outcomes include an in-depth exploration of the repertoire of teaching strategies that match the needs and diverse learning styles associated with adolescent development, an understanding of the use of assessment data to drive effective instruction, motivation theory, and principles of effective classroom management. Concurrent with their studies and as part of the requirements for the Professional Core, students will engage in six hours of observation and assisting in the middle grades to apply theory into practice and demonstrate understanding of the principles they have studied.