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Social interaction: is it necessary for adolescents?

Adolescent students (12 to 14 years old) are in the middle of their developmental years. This is a very delicate time for each of them. Social interaction activities are needed for all students, but especially for the adolescent. Thus, in 2005 ACEI ACEI Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor
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 drafted a Resolution to support social interaction for the young adolescent (see www.acei. org/05resolutions.htm). Leaders in our organization, such as Jill Hunter, have addressed this cause and were instrumental in stressing the need for more emphasis on this particular resolution.

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 theorist Lev Vygotsky Lev Semenovich Vygotsky (Russian: Лев Семёнович Выготский) (November 17 (November 5 Old Style), 1896 – June 11, 1934) was a Soviet developmental , learning is an interactive experience (Mooney, 2000). Teachers can support students' learning by actually providing more time to talk (Tompkins, 2006). If teachers and other educators want to stimulate cognitive development, then they should allow students to engage in conversations (Mooney, 2000).

Vygotsky has written about the importance of social interaction activities with peers while adults are still present. Adults are there to facilitate learning during the adolescent stage. Cooperative learning cooperative learning Education theory A student-centered teaching strategy in which heterogeneous groups of students work to achieve a common academic goal–eg, completing a case study or a evaluating a QC problem. See Problem-based learning, Socratic method.  and dramatic activities are two strategies among many to implement social interaction in the middle school years. Adolescents do need to talk together freely; therefore, middle school students need to have some break or breaks during the school day. In addition, some form of physical activity (as a form of play) must be included in this socialization socialization /so·cial·iza·tion/ (so?shal-i-za´shun) the process by which society integrates the individual and the individual learns to behave in socially acceptable ways.

 process for the development of healthier adolescents. If educators and parents expect adolescents to understand how to get along with others, communicate well, both orally and written, and become better leaders, then adolescent social interaction activities must be promoted during the school day and/or after school in our communities across the world.


Mooney, C. G. (2000). Theories of childhood. St. Paul St. Paul

as a missionary he fearlessly confronts the “perils of waters, of robbers, in the city, in the wilderness.” [N.T.: II Cor. 11:26]

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Tompkins, G. E. (2006). Language arts language arts
The subjects, including reading, spelling, and composition, aimed at developing reading and writing skills, usually taught in elementary and secondary school.
 essentials. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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Author:Jones, Rose B.
Publication:Childhood Education
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Date:Jan 1, 2006
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