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The Adolescent Brain
Author, educator, and university professor Robert Sylwester explains how adults can better understand teenagers through an engaging discussion of the adolescent brain. Using familiar examples, easy-to-understand theories, and nontechnical language, this enlightening volume makes complex research accessible and appropriate for rewarding classroom or family discussion. Readers will learn how to:
- Mentor adolescents rather than attempt to control them
- Nurture creativity, imagination, and individuality
- Understand such critical issues as sexuality and bonding, morality and ethics, risk and security, collaboration and autonomy, and more
- Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
- ISBN: 9781412926119
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2007
- Page Count: 176
- Publication date: January 18, 2007
"Excellent advice on dealing with young people. I wish I'd had this book when my own children were adolescents!"
—Patricia Wolfe, International Educational Consultant, Mind Matters, Inc.
"Written in a reader-friendly manner, the book thoughtfully examines the transition period from childhood to adulthood and combines scholarship from psychology, education, and neuroscience. Loved the graphics!"
—Sheryl Feinstein, Associate Professor, Augustana College
"Readers will leave this book with a sense of calmness about living or working with adolescents."
—Bob Patterson, Training Manager, Discovery Education
How the teenage brain thinks, feels, learns, and changes on its journey to adulthood.
In this enlightening volume, expert educator Robert Sylvester explains how adults can better understand teenagers through an engaging discussion of the adolescent brain. Readers will learn how to:
- Mentor adolescents rather than attempt to manage and control them
- Nurture creativity, imagination, and individuality
- Understand such critical issues as sexuality and bonding,productivity and vocation, morality and ethics, risk and security, technology and drugs, collaboration and autonomy, and more
Familiar examples and nontechnical language make this an accessible resource appropriate for rewarding classroom or family discussion.
- An engaging and enlightening new discussion of the adolescent brain by author - educator - scientist Robert Sylwester.
- Discusses teenage sexuality and bonding, morality and ethics, risks and security, technology and drugs, the arts and humanities, and collaboration and autonomy.
- Uses non-technical language and familiar examples appropriate for classroom and/or family discussions.
- Acknowledges the reality that educators cannot control teens and offers opportunities to shift to understanding and mentoring them instead.
Table of Contents
About the Author
1. Adolescence in Contemporary Society: Being Somewhat Confused
Confusion Within Adolescents
Confusion About Adolescents
An Introduction to the Issues Explored in Subsequent Chapters
2. Brain Organization and Development: Being Human
The Organization of the Human Brain
The Development of the Human Brain
Maintaining a Developing Brain
3. Sexuality and Bonding: Maintaining Our Species
Interpreting Gender Differences
Human Bonding Behavior
Emerging Cultural Conflicts
The Hazards of Sexual Pleasure
4. Productivity and Vocation: Maintaining Our Planet
A 21st-Century Curriculum for 21st-Century Students
A 21st-Century Vocation
Home, School, and Vocation
5. Morality and Ethics: Maintaining Our Culture
Factual Knowledge and Decisions
Adaptive Preferences and Choices
The Development of Our Moral/Ethical Base
6. Risks and Security: Going Beyond the Known
Our Brain's Regulatory Systems
From Emotional Arousal to Conscious Decision
The Biology of Risk and Security
Adults and Adolescent Risks
7. Technology and Drugs: Going Beyond Nature
Psychoactive Drugs: A Primer
8. The Arts and Humanities: Going Beyond Reality
Language, Music, and Dance
9. Collaboration and Autonomy: Going Beyond Adolescence
The Reach for Autonomy
Appendix A: Neurotransmitters and Neural Transmission
Appendix B: The Cerebral Cortex
References and Resources
"Written in a reader-friendly manner, the book thoughtfully examines the transition period from childhood to adulthood and combines scholarship from psychology, education, and neuroscience. Loved the graphics!"Sheryl Feinstein, Associate Professor
"The personal stories provide a 'front line' credibility and contribute to the clear flow of the book. Readers will leave this book with a sense of calmness about living or working with adolescents."Bob Patterson, Training Manager
"Sylwester does a nice job of tying in the concepts he introduces with the moral and ethical growth of the adolescent."Lisa Edwards, Teacher
Hickory High School, Conover, NC
"Makes an outstanding contribution to the field. Clear, concise, and flows easily from one cleverly titled chapter to the next. Sylwester uses metaphors beautifully, making the information much more accessible to the lay reader. Excellent advice on dealing with young people. I wish I had this book when my own children were adolescents!"Patricia Wolfe, International Education Consultant
Mind Matters, Inc.
"Throughout the book, Sylwester emphasizes the importance of caring adults listening and reflecting through dialogue with these brainy teens."Brain Compatible Learning Newsletter, Issue 1