Adolescents at School, Third Edition

Adolescents at School, Third Edition Perspectives on Youth, Identity, and Education

Edited by Michael Sadowski
paper, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-545-5
Price: $33.00

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cloth, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-546-2
Price: $62.00

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Adolescents at School brings together the perspectives of scholars, educators, and researchers to address the many issues that affect adolescents’ emerging identities, especially in relation to students’ experience of and engagement with school. The book offers current and preservice teachers a practical understanding of the concept of identity development, particularly as impacted by such factors as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, immigration, and social class.


Adolescents at School offers educators a thoughtful and vivid account of contemporary adolescent identity development. This compelling new edition addresses various factors facing today’s young people, including the complexities of race and social class, gender socialization, and youth activism. Michael Sadowski continues to empower educators with the tools to develop productive, successful student-teacher relationships. — Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus, Stanford University, and president and CEO, Learning Policy Institute

This book propels our understanding of how to prepare teachers for the developmental needs of adolescents who are making sense of a rapidly changing society and a flawed educational system. Sadowski brings the social and emotional needs of young people into sharp focus, highlighting what teachers can do to create classroom environments that go beyond creating safe harbors for learning; he makes it possible for teachers to understand how to help all students thrive. — Peter Williamson, faculty director, Stanford Teacher Education Program for Secondary Teachers, and associate professor, Teaching, Stanford University

Adolescents at School challenges us to peel back the layers of hidden and explicit discrimination that manifests in young people’s schooling experiences. It provides multidimensional lenses on adolescence through the voices of youth, teachers, and researchers in schools. It is a necessary text for pre- and in-service teachers, and all educators working to enact anti-oppressive pedagogies and practices in schools. — Dorinda J. Carter Andrews, professor and chairperson, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Adolescents at School is a refreshing text for those who work with and care about young people during their secondary education years. I hope this text pushes critical conversations amongst educators and researchers about how best to support, teach, and grow with young people as they explore their identities. — Teachers College Record

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About the Editor

Michael Sadowski is the executive director of two satellite campuses of Bard College where adolescents take Bard courses while still in high school. He also is an associate professor in Bard’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, where he teaches courses in adolescent development and LGBTQ+ issues in education. He is the editor of the Youth Development and Education book series for Harvard Education Press, and his 2016 book for the series, Safe Is Not Enough, was featured by NPR and cited by GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings as “the most important book written on LGBTQ issues in education in my lifetime.” His opinion writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Advocate, Education Week, and numerous other publications and blogs, and he has won a National Press Club Award for his writing in the Harvard Education Letter. He has been a faculty member at Harvard and Stanford universities, editor of the Harvard Education Letter, vice-chair of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, a high school teacher, and a teacher trainer in New York City public schools. Sadowski is also a memoirist and fiction writer, and his memoir, Men I’ve Never Been (Living Out Series, University of Wisconsin Press, 2021), was shortlisted pre-publication for the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Award for Nonfiction.

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