ERIC Number: ED332993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Who They Are--How We Teach. Early Adolescents and Their Teachers.
McEwin, C. Kenneth; Thomason, Julia T.
This monograph describes and illustrates the characteristics of middle grades students in terms of intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth; discusses the characteristics of effective middle grades teachers; and explores the implications of teacher/learner research data for curriculum and instruction related to early adolescents (ages 10-14). Early adolescence is a period of major transitions: students learn new roles, deal with rapidly changing bodies, and experience new expectations. Middle grades teachers need a thorough knowledge of the human growth and development data pertinent to early adolescence, subject matter expertise, the ability to provide strong role models, and good classroom management skills. Diverse instructional strategies are needed for middle grades, strategies that aim to foster cognitive development and healthy personalities, and that reflect the search for identity characteristic of early adolescence. Forty-five references are given. (IAH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Development, Developmental Stages, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Preadolescents, Self Concept, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role
National Middle School Association, 4807 Evanswood Drive, Columbus, OH 43229 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Columbus, OH.
Note: Revision of a 1982 publication. Photographs will not reproduce well.