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SPCL 7900 Theories of Human Development: SESSION 12 - Module 6: Adolescence, continued

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7900 course.


Please complete the following PRIOR to our Zoom session on November 24:

1. Readings

READ the assigned readings (LN 11; anti-racism practice article).

3:40 Section: Mariela & Danielle D.:

Discussion Questions for 3:40 Class:

  1. How could utilizing this civil conversation challenge in regards to the issues on race, gender, and sexuality affect a teenager's own identity development and understanding of their place in the world?  
  2. What are the potential benefits and drawbacks of implementing this activity that discusses potentially sensitive identity topics in a high school setting (i.e., classroom)? 
  3. If taken out of the New York Times context, how can this activity provide different outcomes based on the setting it's implemented in? (e.g. at home with relatives, church, friend groups, etc.)

6:30 Section: Joseph & David:

Discussion Questions for 6:30 Class:

  1. Are there aspects of our identity that are more influential/important than others (gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc.)?
  2. What exists in a school culture that ultimately leads to a victim being blamed? From our previous discussions, what could explain this phenomenon?
  3. How could we make the school community aware of its biases toward people with multiple marginalized identities?

2. Discussion Board

Go to Blackboard to the Discussion Board link and post to the "Session #12forum.

Write a discussion question based on this week’s assigned readings. Read the questions already posted, and do not repeat a question asked by one of your classmates. Your question should relate directly to an issue discussed in the reading and should require a thoughtful response.

A. Post your question. 

B. Read the questions posted by your classmates and respond to at least three of them. 

C. Respond to every student who responds to you. Do this in your own thread as well as the other threads you are participating in.

D. Continue participating in the threads until the module is over.

Note: If other students are not selecting your thread to participate in, perhaps it is because your question is too complex, confusing, or uninteresting. In this case, substitute another question.

3. Video

VIEW the video on pre-colonial genders.

4. Prepare for Blackboard Quiz (RAT#11)

The 5-question multiple-choice quiz will be on the LN 11 readings and videos. This RAT will be made available to you at your designated quiz time (3:40 pm or 6:30 p.m.). Our Zoom session will commence right after the quiz at 4:10 or 7:00 pm, depending on your course section.


In this session we will dig deeper into identity development and focus on gender identity development and sexual orientation. We will also discuss the anti-racism practice article.