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Educating Adolescents Around the Globe

Becoming Who You Are in a World Full of Expectations

  • Meike Watzlawik
  • Alina Burkholder

Part of the Cultural Psychology of Education book series (CPED, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Adolescence from a Theoretical Perspective

  3. A Journey to Different Countries Around the World

  4. Learning and Intervention

About this book


By traveling to different parts of the world, this book provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the current state of adolescent education and demonstrates how education systems are formed by and closely tied to culture. After establishing a theoretical background, the book delves into the particulars of adolescent education and its associated challenges in six countries (India, Kenya, Germany, Brazil, Japan, and Denmark). In tandem with the discussion of institutions, the stories of those who are all too often underserved or left behind are told. Despite the diversity of each education system, the investigation reveals several unifying themes that transcend the specific contexts. The lessons from each example are woven together to demonstrate how the individualized needs of students can best be met, in a vision for the future of educating adolescents."


The cultural practice of educating adolescents Cultural psychology of education Adolescent development Schooling in different countries: aims and challenges Intervention in adolescence education Adolescents in educational institutions Adolescent education Denmark Adolescent education Germany Adolescent education Japan Adolescent education Kenya Adolescent education Brazil Adolescent education India

Editors and affiliations

  • Meike Watzlawik
    • 1
  • Alina Burkholder
    • 2
  1. 1.Sigmund Freud UniversityBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Sigmund Freud UniversityBerlinGermany

About the editors

Alina Burkholder has worked in international contexts throughout her career, including several roles in international education. Alina earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of Braunschweig and her M.S. in cross-cultural psychology from Osnabrück University, both in Germany. Additionally, she has conducted research at universities in New Zealand, the United States, Canada, and Japan. Through the course of her work and studies, she has consistently sought experiences to apply her theoretical knowledge of cross-cultural psychology to advance intercultural engagement, understanding, and learning. Currently, she is a Public Diplomacy Officer at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C."

Dr. Meike Watzlawik is professor for developmental, cultural, and educational psychology at the Sigmund Freud University Berlin (SFU). While studying psychology at the University of Braunschweig, she was already working as a volunteer at a youth counseling center supporting adolescents and young adults (12 to 26 years of age) who were being faced with developmental challenges (e.g., low self-esteem or problems with parents and peers). In her studies on the psychology of adolescence, she examined sexual identity development (Ph.D.), sibling relationships (Habilitation) as well as identity development in general (diverse projects in several countries). Prior to her current position at SFU Berlin, she was the CEO of a private career-counseling center where she helped adolescents and young adults find the right educational or occupational path— always stressing that, despite all universalities, sight of the individual must never be lost.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Educating Adolescents Around the Globe
  • Book Subtitle Becoming Who You Are in a World Full of Expectations
  • Editors Meike Watzlawik
    Alina Burkholder
  • Series Title Cultural Psychology of Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cultural Psychology of Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-37899-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-37902-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-37900-1
  • Series ISSN 2364-6780
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-6799
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 326
  • Number of Illustrations 31 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Psychology
    Developmental Psychology
    International and Comparative Education
    Sociology of Education
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