Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Ehrich (Clayton); Ms Stella Laletas (Peninsula


This unit focuses on significant aspects of adolescent development and the implications for teachers. Students further their understanding of psychological research into adolescent development and are encouraged to develop critical perspectives in this field. The unit considers psychological, motivational, social, cognitive, biological and sociocultural perspectives of adolescent development and learning. Students inquire into interpersonal and teaching strategies for teaching and learning with adolescents based on contemporary knowledge of adolescent development.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. appreciate adolescence as a discrete period of individual development in our society
  2. articulate theories of adolescent development from a scientific viewpoint
  3. explain the developmental stages of adolescence
  4. understand how teacher-student relationships are influenced by issues of adolescent development
  5. identify problems in teaching adolescents and apply effective teaching strategies to support their learning
  6. analyse multidimensional influences on adolescents including; motivations; self-esteem; anxiety, stress, resilience; biological processes; cognition; moral development; development of identity; family, peer and sociocultural influences; issues of diversity; additional issues including substance abuse, deviance, depression, truancy and bullying for diverse learners
  7. use relevant resources to support adolescents' development.


Group presentation on adolescent development (2000 words equivalent per student, 50%)
Written report on adolescent development and practices (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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