Biological Changes In Early Adulthood

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Early adolescent period is a crucial part of human development. It is at this stage that students go through dramatic changes in their biological, psycho social and lastly their cognitive development. All these changes occur simultaneously and in a lot of times they are occurring interpedently. As a result these changes have massive effect on the academic achievement and the students learning experience as a whole (Wugfield, Lutz & Wagne, 2005). One of the major biological changes that happens to early adolescents is puberty, it is at this time that students are undergoing hormonal changes, physical changes such as increase in height, weight, skeletal growth and increase in skeletal muscle mass and most importantly they are undergoing brain development. From …show more content…
3). Going with this theory that students develop and achieve differently according to their biological development, Salisbury High school took the imitative of grouping these students into a ‘link’ class that would cater to their needs. During adolescents teens develop greater mental processing capacity and intellect. Their way of thinking, problem solving and perception are better. According to Piaget’s explanation of cognitive development, children were born with simple capabilities, and they ‘construct’ knowledge though active interaction with the environment (Swanson,Edwards,& Spencer,2010, pg 64). It is through this active interaction with the environment, the child develops and accumulates concept and ideas that will enable the child to make meaning of their experience. As a result Piaget came up with cognitive stages, what he called ‘developmental milestones’ which are accomplishments that a child has to attain for each stage (Krause, 2013, p. 58). The year 8 students would be classified as ‘formal operations’ according to Piaget’s cognitive

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