• 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.

Keisha: Connecting across Differences
Keisha: Connecting across differences
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • Emotional development
  • Empathy
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Racial/ethnic awareness and identity
  • Cognitive development and language development
  • Parenting styles
  • Same-sex schooling
  • Developmental issues for only children
Case

It is 7:45 A.M. and Keisha beams as she walks into her kindergarten classroom. The classroom, adorned with holiday decorations representing many cultures, is warm and welcoming. It is situated at the end of a long hallway in a wing devoted to early childhood education. Keisha's obvious enthusiasm for school appears to be shared by the other 12 girls in her classroom. Dressed in plaid jumpers and navy blue shoes (part of the school uniform), the girls giggle as they put away their coats and exchange morning greetings. Ms. Sommers, the head teacher, begins to sing a ...

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