Thinking Culturally About Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

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Learn how to help students think culturally about development in adolescence and emerging adulthood, emphasizing the importance of understanding cultural context in modern times.

Lene Arnett Jensen, Senior Research Scientist, Clark University
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Senior Research Scholar, Clark University

Adolescence (ages 10-17) and emerging adulthood (ages 18-29) are fascinating and eventful times of life, and how young people experience them varies vastly according to cultural context. The focus of this presentation will be on ways to encourage students to think culturally about development in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Attention to the cultural context of development is more important than ever for students to understand, because they will experience their futures in a world with unprecedented levels of migration and immigration, international travel, global economic connections, and culturally diverse international media. This presentation is intended to be relevant to both novice and experienced instructors who wish to learn more about how to teach effectively about the cultural contexts of development.