Adolescent Development and Behaviour (MUED2606)


This unit of study provides students with a broadly based view of the issues and challenges faced by teachers of adolescents in a high school setting. It is essential for the development of music educators and is designed to prepare students for secondary school Professional Experience. It explores the development unique to adolescents and the changes in behaviour through a study of developmental psychology. How does cognitive, social, emotional and biological changes influence adolescent behaviour in schools? The transition from childhood to adolescence is investigated and the major research and theories related to behaviour management are discussed. Topics studied are: adolescence and family, peer and personal relationships; development of identity; creating and managing learning environments; exploration of issues in adolescence such as moral dilemmas, rebellion and peer influence and their implications for high school classroom music teaching. Aspects of social cognition are discussed through the various scenarios that adolescents present to teachers in secondary school classrooms. With a substantive focus on developmental psychology and behavior management principles and practices, it contributes to the development of graduate teacher standards set by the teacher's accreditation body (AITSL).

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1 x 2 hour workshop per week


Case study and seminar presentation (25%), Behaviour management plan and evaluation (30%), Essay (35%), ePortfolio task (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


MUED2605 and MUED1009 and MUED1008



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.