Adolescent development research and theory have tremendous potential to inform the work of high school teachers, counselors, and administrators. Understanding Youth bridges the gap between adolescent development theory and practice.
Nakkula and Toshalis explore how factors such as social class, peer and adult relationships, gender norms, and the media help to shape adolescents’ sense of themselves and their future expectations and aspirations.
An excellent resource for educators, parents, and any adult who seks to understand adolescents and the turbulence and confusion that often affects young people during this period of their lives. A poignant, insightful, and practical analysis. — Pedro Noguera, Professor, New York University
Understanding Youth really does understand youth! It is essential reading, especially for those who work with adolescents in challenging circumstances. — Nancy Hoffman Director, Early College High School, Initiative, Jobs for the Future
As a new teacher, I especially appreciate the clarity with which the authors outline the research [on adolescent development] and its implications for my teaching. — Manuel Rustin, Social Science Teacher, John F. Kennedy High School, Sacramento, CA
Nakkula and Toshalis organize what we have learned about the development of young people—some of whom are presented in a series of individual portraits—and chart ways that we can best serve them. — Theodore R. Sizer, Founder, Coalition of Essential Schools