- February 6, 2009
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Early adolescence is a time of crucial physical, social, and academic transitions. Early adolescents are undergoing rapid physical growth, and they are shifting their social centers from their families to their peers. Many begin to disengage from previously close engagement with school. As early adolescent students deal with these changes, so must their schools.
Theories on adolescent development have evolved significantly in the last twenty years, and current research on adolescent development offers important insights for school specialists. Current theories can help professionals to design and implement programs to meet the developmental needs of their early adolescent student population, helping to keep those students engaged in the educational process while supporting healthy development.
Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D.