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Supporting Adolescent Learners: Social and Emotional Wellbeing

Learn to support adolescent learners with their social and emotional wellbeing through a variety of approaches.

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Supporting Adolescent Learners: Social and Emotional Wellbeing

33,566 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

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  • Open level

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Gain the skills you need to help adolescent learners thrive.

A large and growing body of research shows that adolescents who score high on social and emotional wellbeing report improved grades, better relationships, less trouble at school and a lesser likelihood of emotional problems.

On this course, ultimately, you’ll learn to help adolescent learners develop the skills and mindsets that will allow them to thrive. You’ll investigate the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young people, explore the uses of neuroscience in education and help youths embrace lifelong learning.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Are you a parent, teacher, social worker, or someone else who’s involved with adolescents? Do you want to help the adolescents you know stay emotionally well, achieve better grades, build better relationships with their peers, and be engaged at school? Research shows there’s a connection between the development of social and emotional skills and behaviours, and realising these positive outcomes. Hello, and welcome. I’m Donna Pendergast. And I’m Katherine Main from Griffith University. In this course, we’ll help you to better support adolescent learners to enhance their social and emotional wellbeing. It all starts with discovering more about adolescence and lifelong learning. We’ll investigate the stages of development in the different domains and explore the impact of neuroscience for learning in the 21st century.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds Griffith’s School of Education and Professional Studies is among the world’s leading education schools. Our expert staff, Donna and Katherine, are recognised as leading international middle years educators, who have published extensively in the areas of young adolescents and social and emotional learning. Join us as we explore how you can work with young adolescents to enhance their social and emotional wellbeing, and improve their outcomes for the future. Through small changes now, you can make a lasting impact on the lives of young adolescents in your community.

What topics will you cover?

  • Lifelong learning as a context for understanding young adolescents with an imperative for developing a new learning mindset for 21st century learners
  • Developing an understanding of Young Adolescent learners through the domains of social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development
  • A focus on the second sensitive period of brain development and the impact of neuroscience for learning, with a particular focus on social and emotional implications and cognitive engagement
  • Developing capabilities to enhance social and emotional wellbeing, highlighting elements such as empathy, resilience and self regulation

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Investigate lifelong learning as a context for young adolescent learners
  • Explain the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young adolescents
  • Explore applications of neuroscience with a particular focus on social and emotional impacts for cognitive engagement
  • Evaluate strategies to optimise adolescent social and emotional wellbeing

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone in a role that supports young adolescents. For example: parents, teachers, youth leaders, guidance officers and counsellors.

Who will you learn with?

I am a passionate educator with a focus on young adolescent learning and teaching. I believe social and emotional wellbeing is crucial to enhance student engagement.

I am an Associate Professor at Griffith University, Australia. I am a strong advocate for young adolescent learners and my research focuses on how to develop their sense of efficacy and wellbeing.

Who developed the course?

Griffith University

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research.

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    Top 210Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

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