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Knowledge of adolescent development

Adolescence is a time characterised by significant physical, social, emotional, and intellectual change for young people. Teachers of middle years students should be aware of and take into account the particular developmental needs of the young adolescents they teach.

Tools and resources

The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain

In this TED talk, cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore discusses how, typically, “teenage” behaviour is caused by the growing and developing brain.

EDtalks: Embracing a cyber world – managing the risk

Brett Lee talks about the value and necessity of embracing the online world for our youth, balanced against the risks, responsibilities, and dangers that are inherent through the nature of the Internet.


Q+A: Sir Peter Gluckman interview

Guyon Espiner interviews the Prime Minister's Chief Science Adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, about teenagers.


Frontline - 'Inside the Teenage Brain'

Scientists explore and find some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. These discoveries could change the way we parent, teach, or understand teenagers.

Published on: 19 Jan 2012