Summary: By incorporating current research, historical information, and analysis, author Paul Kaplan presents multiple perspectives on the issues surrounding adolescence in order to give students a more complete picture of topics and debates. Based around five key themes--adolescence is a time of choices; it is shaped by context and influenced by group membership; the adolescent experience has changed over the last 50 years; and current views of adolescence are becoming more ...show morebalanced--in-text discussion not only covers the problems and challenges adolescents face, but also the positive adjustments and coping mechanisms they use. Readers are encouraged to discuss these and other issues and consider their own opinions.
The text includes a number of pedagogical aids in order to better educate students, uphold the multiple perspective approach, and ensure that students evaluate their own views. What Is Your Opinion? surveys open each chapter and engage students' interest by challenging them to express preconceptions about the topic and Has Your Opinion Changed? features revisit these surveys and help students reevaluate their beliefs after they've learned more. In addition, Perspective boxes in each chapter present a situation an adolescent faces, such as dating an older person or experimenting with drugs, and his or her perspective; then the issue is stated from an alternative point of view. Students must then use material from the chapter, personal experience, or both to answer questions, analyze the situation, and state what they believe to be the best outcome.
An overall integrated learning system helps students focus on the key material in each chapter:
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