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The Adolescent Brain

Reaching for Autonomy


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The Adolescent Brain by Robert A. Sylwester
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'Excellent advice on dealing with young people. I wish IAEd had this book when my own children were adolescents!'uPatricia Wolfe, International Educational Consultant, Mind Matters, Inc.'Written in a reader-friendly manner, the book thoughtfully examines the transition period from childhood to adulthood and combines scholarship from psychology, education, and neuroscience. Loved the graphics!'uSheryl Feinstein, Associate Professor, Augustana College'Readers will leave this book with a sense of calmness about living or working with adolescents.'uBob Patterson, Training Manager, Discovery EducationHow the teenage brain thinks, feels, learns, and changes on its journey to adulthood.In this enlightening volume, expert educator and scientist Robert Sylwester explains how adults can better understand teenagers through an engaging discussion of the adolescent brain. Readers will learn how to:Mentor adolescents rather than attempt to control themNurture creativity, imagination, and individuality Understand such critical issues as sexuality and bonding, morality and ethics, risk and security, collaboration and autonomy, and moreEasy-to-understand theories, familiar examples, and nontechnical language make complex research accessible and appropriate for rewarding classroom or family discussion.

Author Biography

Robert Sylwester is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon who focuses on the educational implications of new developments in science and technology. He has written 20 books and curricular programs and 200+ journal articles. His most recent books are The Adolescent Brain: Reaching for Autonomy (2007, Corwin Press) and How to Explain a Brain: An Educator's Handbook of Brain Terms and Cognitive Processes (2005, Corwin Press). He received two Distinguished Achievement Awards from The Education Press Association of America for his syntheses of cognitive science research, published in Educational Leadership. He has made 1600+ conference and staff development presentations on educationally significant developments in brain/stress theory and research. Sylwester wrote a monthly column for the Internet journal, Brain Connection, throughout its 2000-2009 existence, and is now a regular contributor to the Information Age Education Newsletter (
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March 6th, 2007
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United States
SAGE Publications Inc
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