What did you find meaningful & interesting to you after reading Nakkula & Toshalis (2006).

read the 2 chapters…
Nakkula, M. & Toshalis, E. (2006). Understanding Youth, Risk taking and creativity (Chapter 3)
eCollege — Rogoff, B. (2003). The cultural nature of human development. New York: Oxford University Press. (Chapter 7. Thinking with the Tools and Institutions of Culture)

1_After reading Chapter 3 of Nakkula & Toshalis (2006).
What did you find meaningful & interesting to you after reading Nakkula & Toshalis (2006). Understanding Youth, "Chpter 3. Risk taking and creativity"? The authors discussed adolescents’ various risk taking behaviors connecting them to theories of cognitive development by Bartsch, Piaget, and Vygotsky.

Please feel free to bring up any of your thoughts/ reactions/ agreement vs disagreement/ reflections/ and discussion questions. When you cite authors, please do not forget to include page numbers! :-)

2_After reading Chapter 7 of Rogoff (2003).
What about your reactions after reading Rogoff, B. (2003). The cultural nature of human development. (Chapter 7. Thinking with the Tools and Institutions of Culture)? She discussed how our cognitive development is again situated in cultural contexts. For example, she introduced how Piaget’s cognitive development stages are not universal in terms of ages. What kinds of ideas did you find relevant to your students that you are interacting these days? What kinds of implications would you have from the reading?

Please feel free to bring up any of your thoughts/ reactions/ agreement vs disagreement/ reflections/ and discussion questions. When you cite authors, please do not forget to include page numbers! :-)

3_Please watch a video:

The video has a great summary of cognitive development during adolescence. In particular, the concepts of "adolescent egocentrism" and "imaginary audience" have been well explained, which were not well introduced in the 2 readings. According to the video (and from your research), what do the concepts mean? Do you experience them often when interacting with your students? How do you think the concepts are connected to adolescent cognitive development of "formal operational stages"?

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