ERIC Number: ED234601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Who's That Adolescent in Your Class?: Understanding the Psychosocial World of the Adolescent.
Ehrlich, M. I.
MEXTESOL Journal, v5 n4 p22-36 1982
The psychosocial characteristics of adolescents are described in order to assist teachers in interacting more effectively with their students. Examination of students about the presence of pathology in adolescence reveals that the typical adolescent is not a stereotypically impulse-ridden, uncontrollable person. Many of an adolescent's difficulties stem from an unsuccessful resolution of the psychosocial tasks confronted in adolescence. The five psychosocial tasks most relevant for the classroom teacher are accepting one's own physique and sexual role, establishing new peer relationships, attaining emotional independence, acquiring socially responsible behavior, and building values. Problem areas that arise when the adolescent fails to deal successfully with these tasks are delineated. Teachers can help overcome these problems by setting an example for the students, maintaining appropriate classroom limits, providing a wide range for acceptable emotional expression, providing opportunities for independence and individuality, and learning to listen and communicate effectively with the adolescent. (RW)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual MEXTESOL Convention (8th, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1981).