• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The uniqueness of Child and Adolescent Life Stories lies in the multiple perspectives drawn from youth, their parents, and their teachers. These perspectives provide a range of lenses through which a student or beginning teacher may view child and adolescent development. The complex processes of development occur within a social context, and therefore a professional teacher, administrator, or school psychologist will need to be able to view developmental stages from youths’ perspectives as well as from their various social settings.

Jaime: Crossing Cultures and Celebrating Life
Jaime: Crossing cultures and celebrating life
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • Identity development
  • Resiliency
  • Social skills
  • Social support networks
  • Bicultural competence
  • Immigrant children and families
  • Motivation
  • Teenage parenthood
  • Parenting styles

Jaime moves with grace through the crowded halls of his high school, pausing to laugh with a friend or clasp hands in greeting. His progress through the hall is slow, but smiles lay in his wake because Jaime seems to elicit good cheer in everyone that he greets. Somehow he connects with each friend in his path as he navigates the 1,200 feet between his fourth- and fifth-period classes in this large urban high school and arrives just seconds after the bell signaling the end of the four-minute interval between classes. He flashes a final smile at the teacher, ...

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