Working with Young People is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for supporting young people as they learn about themselves, others and society and prepare for the transition to adulthood. It introduces the fundamental concepts and issues that lie at the heart of contemporary work with young people and challenges you to think deeply about: - the social context of young people - values and principles that underpin practice - the variety of settings in which practice takes place, and - the importance of informal learning in the lives of young people. Whether you are a new student or returning to study, Working with Young Poeple provides a stimulating introduction and a foundation for further study. Sheila Curran is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Roger Harrison is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. Donald Mackinnon is Lecturer at The Open University.

What Does the ‘Teen Brain’ Research Say, and what does it Mean for Practitioners?

What does the ‘teen brain’ research say, and what does it mean for practitioners?
Howard SercombeTomas Paus

Recent advances in neuroscience have enabled the structure and functioning of the living, working brain to be studied as never before, and much has been learnt about the way the brain develops during the teenage years. However, the interpretation of these findings remains controversial. Too often they have been understood in terms of old prejudices and negative stereotypes of teenagers. A more positive picture emerges from considering the neuroscientific findings alongside what was already known about young people, from the established academic disciplines of psychology and sociology, and from the practical experience of those who ...

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