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Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators Paperback – November 27, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1891792311 ISBN-10: 1891792318

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (November 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891792318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891792311
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent resource for educators, parents, and any adult who seks to understand adolescents and the turbulence and confusion that often affects young people during this period of their lives. A poignant, insightful, and practical analysis. --Pedro Noguera, Professor, New York University

Nakkula and Toshalis organize what we have learned about the development of young people some of whom are presented in a series of individual portraits and chart ways that we can best serve them. --Theodore R. Sizer, Founder, Coalition of Essential Schools

Understanding Youth really does understand youth! It is essential reading, especially for those who work with adolescents in challenging circumstances. --Nancy Hoffman Director, Early College High School, Initiative, Jobs for the Future

About the Author

Michael Nakkula is currently a research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where he has taught courses on counseling, urban education, and adolescent development over the past fourteen years. He is the coauthor, with Sharon Ravitch, of Matters of Interpretation: Reciprocal Transformation in Therapeutic and Developmental Relationships with Youth, which summarizes much of his early research, theory, and practice in the area of adolescent development. Eric Toshalis is an instructor in education and advanced doctoral candidate at HGSE. A former middle and high school educator, he has worked with youth and adults in schools as a coach, mentor teacher, community activist, teachers union president, afterschool group leader, and curriculum writer.

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The examples make the points very easy to understand.
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Perfect for graduate courses, where there is a dearth of good texts on the topic.
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I highly recommend this book to all teacher educators.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have recently finished a college final paper on adolescent risk taking behavior and this book was one of my primary resources. The development from a teenager to an adult takes time, patience and lots of teaching. We forget all the lessons we had to learn along the way.
I think this book is a must read for educators at the middle and high school level. The suggestions for challenging youth are meaningful and could be very effective in classrooms. The examples make the points very easy to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tanner on April 27, 2011
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I have used this text successfully for three years in a pre-service teacher course focused on adolescent development. The case examples are very compelling and easily engage even the most reserved learner. I particularly like the coverage of theory in accessible, applicable forms; this is evidenced by the frequency of student citations of this text in an interview-based final paper for the course. Lastly, the book provides relevant ways for students to connect with their own adolescence in productive, reflective efforts. I highly recommend this book to all teacher educators.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Howard Chud on October 28, 2007
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Anyone teaching today must read this book. It is an incisive, on point, and relevant body of work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Goldberg on August 14, 2007
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This book touches on all the key points in adolescent development and does so in a way that is thorough and accessible. It sheds some light on what might be going on "behind the scenes" of adolescent behavior, supporting all claims with a considerable number of psychological and developmental studies and reports.

Progressing through stages and phases of adolescent development, Nakkula and Toshalis all the while weave tales of "real-life" teens into the text, illustrating vividly how these stages and phases might manifest themselves in reality.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rosaria Caporrimo on September 11, 2009
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This is a beautifully written and much needed book on adolescent development. Perfect for graduate courses, where there is a dearth of good texts on the topic. For my full review, go to [...]
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