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Engaging Adolescent Learners

International Perspectives on Curriculum, Pedagogy and Practice

  • Explores the significance of the middle years of learning and ongoing decline in student engagement of adolescent learners

  • Draws on a comparative study of international school systems and how they approach supporting adolescent learners

  • Sets out policy and practice recommendations for supporting adolescent learners


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Brandy Yee, Anne Sliwka, Matti Rautiainen
    Pages 1-19
  3. Brandy Yee, Anne Sliwka, Matti Rautiainen
    Pages 21-70
  4. Brandy Yee, Anne Sliwka, Matti Rautiainen
    Pages 71-113
  5. Brandy Yee, Anne Sliwka, Matti Rautiainen
    Pages 115-137
  6. Brandy Yee, Anne Sliwka, Matti Rautiainen
    Pages 139-159
  7. Brandy Yee, Anne Sliwka, Matti Rautiainen
    Pages 161-192

About this book


This book draws on detailed case studies from three very different countries and school systems to explore the early adolescent learner and the middle years of learning, both of which are often overlooked in the literature. An abundance of research shows the importance of the middle years in putting early adolescent learners on the path to success in further education, careers, and general wellbeing. By focusing on bringing current research to life through the sharing of practical examples and lived experiences of practitioners, this book explores how issues such as curriculum reform, inclusive philosophies, instructional design, and assessment practices are supporting the conditions in which effective middle years learning can unfold. A comparative approach, using data from Canada, Germany and Finland, is utilized to critically examine the effects of the pedagogical methods employed by teachers, and the learning environments in which formal education takes place. The book makes a compelling case for the importance of fostering student voice and choice, and developing new ways of engaging the school community as a whole, and makes a valuable contribution to the discourse concerning early adolescent learners and the middle years of schooling. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Calgary Board of Education, University of CalgaryCalgary, ABCanada
  2. 2.Universität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

About the authors

Brandy Yee completed her PhD at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and currently works as a principal in a large middle school in Canada. She has devoted her career in education towards ensuring the adolescent learning experience in school effectively meets their unique developmental and learning needs. 

Anne Sliwka is Professor of Education at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her research focus is on school improvement, diversity and inclusion in education and on education for citizenship and democracy. Her research includes international OECD research on formative assessment, teacher professionalism and innovation in learning. 

Matti Rautiainen has been working as teacher educator at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, since 1999, where he is currently Deputy Head of Teacher Education. He has previously worked as a teacher in secondary and upper secondary schools, and his research interests include education for democracy; learning in schools and teacher education; educational change; and experimental educational culture.

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