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Explore what’s going on in a teen’s mind — literally — and learn how to apply a developmental lens to your youth programming.
After completing this module, you will be able to...
- Describe major theories of youth development and apply them to the creation of connected learning programs for teens (Section 1: Theories of Youth Development).
- Understand how identity, relationships, and morality affect a teen’s development (Section 2: Developing an Identity).
- Summarize trends in teens’ use of digital media and explain how the role of teen services in libraries is changing (Section 3: Teens and Digital Media).
In this module, we’ll explore how youth grow and learn, develop their own identity in relation to others, and make use of digital media. We’ll also explore how libraries can support tweens and teens with their developmental progress every step of the way.
Youth Development KWL
Complete this worksheet by creating a list of what you already know (the K in KWL) about youth development. In the second column, write down what you want (W) to learn in this module. You’ll fill out the last column, what you learned (L) when you have completed this module.
|What do you already know about youth development?||What do you want to learn about youth development?||What did you learn from this module? (You will answer this question at the end of the module.)|
How to Use This Module
Navigate this module using the menu on the left side of the page.
- Each section has learning outcomes which are displayed in blue like this.
Quotes from researchers and practitioners look like this.
At the end of each module, there are additional resources for you to explore further on your own if you choose.
Ready to get started? Let’s begin with Section 1: Theories of Youth Development.