10-second review: Stop looking at adolescents as “peer-governed, raging-hormonal, imperfect adults in transition.” Start seeing them as individuals.
Title: “Reconcpetualizing Adolescent Identity.” F. Serafini. TW Bean. JE Readance. Reading Research Quarterly (October/November/December 2004), 482-489. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).
Summary/Quotes: “…tells educators to pay particular attention to the interests and needs of individual adolescents rather than treat them as a homogenized population without regard for individual differences.” 488.
“Schools, as a reflection of society, have done an inadequate job of distinguishing among the identities of their constituents, leading to a one-size-fits-all curriculum.” 488.
“Commonsense developmental conceptions of adolescents as peer-governed, raging-hormonal, imperfect adults in transition provide an easy rationale for the teacher-centered, authoritarian schooling practices many youth face in today’s schools.” 488.
Comment: It’s common sense to look at minorities and adolescents as individuals, but I think we have to be reminded of that. I think it’s too easy to forget that people are individuals and slip into the group mentality. RayS.