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In op-ed, professor argues teens aren’t so bad

December 16, 2013

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In an Oregonian op-ed, assistant professor of education Eric Toshalis argues that teenagers aren’t the “cruel, self-obsessed, brainless, or hormonally challenged” people the media often make them out to be.

In the article, he writes, “I believe it is essential that we recognize who so many of our youth actually are—moral beings with a powerful, hopeful, critical, and care-full desire to engage the world in a way that makes it better.” Read the full article.

Toshalis studies the intersection of adolescent development and teacher education, investigating factors that promote the academic success and psychosocial flourishing of both students and teachers. His research also examines the relationship between student voice, motivation, and engagement in student-centered learning environments.

Read more about Professor Toshalis.

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