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Chapter Nine: Adolescence and Education

Section 9: Summary of Adolescence

 

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Adolescence is centrally concerned with the formation of one's identity and its deepening through intimacy. Cognitively, one's powers of abstraction are greatly expanded. At first this leads to an egocentricity based on the apparent omnipotence of thought; later, this egocentricity declines, sometimes into moral relativism.

 

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Because of rebelliousness and increasing self-direction, educational planning is more difficult than during earlier years. Carefully structuring the greater social environments is the best strategy. Certain specific learning modules like Outward Bound and T-groups offer specialized opportunities for developing critical competencies. Planned competitions can develop individual strengths and leadership qualities. Intimacy can mellow the most aggressive aspects of leadership, and add compassion and warmth. Together these qualities bring one much closer to the ideal human of the future.

 

 

 

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