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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

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.

This course is part of our Study with Australia collection, with free upgrades and digital certificates supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission until 31st July, 2020. Explore more courses from leading Australian education providers.

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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.


  • Week 1

    Understanding adolescence and adolescents

    • Let's get started

      Welcome to the course. Find out what we'll cover in our two week journey, meet the team and other learners and share a little about yourself.

    • Lifelong learning for adolescents: Setting the stage

      Why is age/stage development important? What implications does it have young adolescents’ future learning?

    • Adolescent development

      Let’s further investigate adolescence, an important stage in every child’s development. Here we’ll look at the key features of physical, social, and emotional development.

    • A focus on cognitive development

      Next we delve deeper into cognitive development during adolescence and investigate the links with emotional development.

    • Weekly wrap

      Time to reflect on what we have learnt this week and celebrate our achievements. Congratulations on coming so far.

  • Week 2

    Promoting learning through social and emotional wellbeing

    • Students’ perspectives

      Let’s hear from a couple of young adolescents about their perspectives and experiences of social and emotional wellbeing.

    • Social and emotional challenges: What can you do?

      Adolescence is a sensitive period of growth. During this time we need to consider brain plasticity and implications for learning and social and emotional wellbeing. Find out how positive youth development frameworks can help.

    • A teacher’s perspective

      To gain another perspective, we hear from a teacher on the subject of social and emotional wellbeing.

    • Course wrap up

      Congratulations! You've almost finished the course. Let's wrap it up with a final discussion, a quick quiz to test your knowledge and for those of you choosing to upgrade, a test opportunity is also available. Well done!

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.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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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 a Senior Lecturer at Griffith University, Australia. I am a strong advocate for young adolescent learners and my research centres around 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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