Ch 2: MTTC Middle Level: Factors in Adolescent Development

About This Chapter

As you prepare for the MTTC: Middle Level exam, use the lessons in this chapter to study the different characteristics of adolescence and the factors that can affect the development of an adolescent.

MTTC Middle Level: Factors in Adolescent Development - Chapter Summary

Watch our professional instructors in this series of lesson videos and read the lesson texts to improve your understanding of social factors and characteristics affecting adolescent development. Use the material in this chapter to prepare for related questions on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC): Middle Level exam, including:

  • Influences of family values and relationships during adolescence
  • Risk taking and decision making of adolescents
  • Adjustment problems of adolescence
  • Health, fitness and issues related to sexual behavior of adolescents
  • Effects of sexual harassment and abuse on adolescent development
  • Cognitive development during adolescence
  • Factors of diversity during adolescence and effects of stereotypes
  • Young adolescent development in the school setting

These lessons are mobile device compatible so that you don't have to limit your studies to your time in front of a computer. After watching these lesson videos, read the lesson transcripts to reinforce your retention of the information presented. If you find a topic you don't fully understand, ask our instructors for assistance through the teacher tabs of the lessons.

MTTC Middle Level: Factors in Adolescent Development Objectives

The MTTC: Middle Level exam is used to determine if prospective middle grades teachers in the state of Michigan understand the principles and methods of middle school education. When you take this paper-based certification exam you will be asked to complete 100 multiple-choice questions in a four-hour and 30-minute testing session. Eighteen percent of the questions will be about early adolescence. This chapter will help you prepare for questions about young adolescent development and the significance of human diversity during this time.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTTC Middle Level: Factors in Adolescent Development
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Family Values and Relationships in Adolescence

1. Family Values and Relationships in Adolescence

During adolescence, teens begin to figure out who they are and what their beliefs are. In this lesson, we'll look at how family values and relationships with family members can influence adolescents' individual values and development.

Decision Making and Risk Taking Behaviors in Adolescence

2. Decision Making and Risk Taking Behaviors in Adolescence

Teenagers often behave in reckless ways. But why? In this lesson, we'll look at how brain development leads to risky behaviors in adolescence, including the brain systems involved and the evolutionary reason for risk-taking in teenagers.

Problems with Adjustment in Adolescence

3. Problems with Adjustment in Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of lots of changes, which can cause a lot of stress in a teen's life. In this lesson, we'll look at adjustment and maladaptive behaviors in adolescence, including how each manifests in teens' lives.

Health and Fitness in Adolescence

4. Health and Fitness in Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of great physical change. However, many adolescents struggle with weight. Watch this lesson to learn more about those weight issues, including how they can fight obesity and issues with eating disorders.

The Secular Trend in Growth and Puberty Development

5. The Secular Trend in Growth and Puberty Development

Teenagers go through dramatic physical changes as a part of puberty. But something odd is happening: puberty is starting earlier each generation. In this lesson, we'll look at the secular trend of puberty and its possible causes.

Influences of Sexual Harassment and Abuse on Adolescent Development

6. Influences of Sexual Harassment and Abuse on Adolescent Development

Amid the changes of adolescence, some teens struggle with sexual harassment. Watch this lesson to find out more about the types of sexual harassment, including sexual abuse and sexual bullying, and the effects they have on adolescents.

Issues Related to Sexual Behaviors in Adolescence

7. Issues Related to Sexual Behaviors in Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of great changes in a person's life, including many choices regarding sexual activity. Watch this lesson to find out about some of the issues that can come with being sexually active in adolescence.

Changes in Cognitive Development During Adolescence

8. Changes in Cognitive Development During Adolescence

Adolescence is a period of great change. Changes in the way teenagers think can cause them to do things like argue with adults. Watch this lesson for more information on the cognitive changes that occur in adolescence.

Valuing Diversity in Adolescent Development

9. Valuing Diversity in Adolescent Development

In this lesson, we'll be learning about the importance of diversity in young adolescents. By the end of the lesson, you'll be able to identify factors that lead to diversity, as well as their educational implications. You'll also look at strategies for incorporating diversity into your school environment.

Stereotypes and Cultural Factors During Adolescence

10. Stereotypes and Cultural Factors During Adolescence

Adolescence is a unique time in a person's life. But not every teen experiences adolescence in the same way. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the stereotypes about adolescents and the way that a teen's culture can influence how he or she acts.

Young Adolescent Development in the School Setting

11. Young Adolescent Development in the School Setting

In this lesson, you will explore typical development for adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15 years old. You will also see how different areas of adolescent development relate to the need for appropriate school settings and programs.

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