Supporting essay on human development Motivating Adolescent Thinking and Learning by Dr. Learning is believed to be a natural, ongoing, and active process of constructing meaning from information and experience. For adolescent learning to occur, a few things generally happen. First, adolescents are able to connect what they are trying to learn with what they already know, understand, or have personally experienced.
Secondly, they are favorably inclined, or motivated, to put forth the necessary effort and time. Adolescents “do something” that makes sense in a larger context, such as confronting real-life issues and problems. For example, the complexity of citizens’ rights is better understood when students follow legislative debates over gun control and discuss continuing problems of school violence. Their personal initiative and energy are moved into action through meaningful involvement with relevant and current content. For example, health issues take on new meaning when students conduct a research awareness campaign on the life-threatening impact of cigarette smoking and discuss the ethics of juvenile-targeted advertisement. Their cognitive and affective capabilities are challenged, such as when connections are made between difficult content and its application to personal experiences. For example, physics gains relevance when adolescents observe the movement of playground equipment at the neighborhood park.
They can draw upon a variety of resources in the learning environment, including personal experience, the local community, and the Internet. For example, the principles of economics become less mysterious when classes enter into a collaborative enterprise with an area radio station to record and market a CD. Their knowledge and understanding are substantively broadened or deepened. For example, neuroscience becomes less abstract when students use digital imagery to view the workings of the human brain. 2 provides a summary of several broad premises that facilitate adolescent learning. The personal dimension of adolescent learning encompasses these complex and individualized needs, beliefs, and emotions. Adolescent perceptions about personal ability and effectiveness impact their level of motivation and persistence with new learning tasks.
Adolescents’ social and emotional well-being is closely linked to what they believe about other peoples’ perceptions. Adolescents are inclined to be more conscious of the opinions of those around them, especially their peers. Many adolescents believe that in social situations, all attention is focused on them. As a consequence, they may be overly sensitive. This article needs additional citations for verification. Gobineau was a Legitimist who despaired at France’s decline into republicanism and centralization. In a letter to Count Anton von Prokesch-Osten in 1856 he describes the book as based upon “a hatred for democracy and its weapon, the Revolution, which I satisfied by showing, in a variety of ways, where revolution and democracy come from and where they are going.