CARD 2010 Conference

Adolescence in the 21st Century

The Mount Saint Mary College Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD) held its inaugural full-day conference “Adolescence in the 21st Century” on Saturday, April 10 at the college.

The conference focused on how adolescents are responding to changes in economic, political, and global environments that have occurred in the first decade of the 21st century. Conference participants further examined how these aspects might continue to evolve as this generation progresses toward adulthood.

This seminal conference fostered interdisciplinary collaboration and conversation about adolescents today and opened the door for further research on the basic question of constants and change for adolescents and young adults in the 21st century.

The primary purpose of this conference was to focus attention on these issues and to create a network of researchers who will explore the same questions in various formats and venues, with input from those working directly with adolescents. Three interrelated thematic strands provided structure for the conference:

  • current challenges (social, psychological, educational, and economic) facing adolescents today;
  • recent findings regarding adolescent growth and development; and
  • innovative programs and policies that address adolescent concerns as perceived by those working directly with adolescents.

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Elkind

David Elkind is currently Professor Emeritus of Child Development at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He was formerly Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Education at the University of Rochester. His research has been in the areas of perceptual, cognitive, and social development where he has attempted to build upon the research and theory of Jean Piaget.

Professor Elkind’s bibliography now numbers over 500 items and includes research, theoretical articles, book chapters, and eighteen books. In addition, he has published more popular pieces such as children’s stories in Jack and Jill, biographies of famous psychologists in New York Times Magazine, as well as presentations of his own work in journals such as Good Housekeeping, Parade, and Psychology Today. Some of his recent articles include “Computers and Young Children”, “The Authority of the Brain”, “The Cosmopolitan School”, “On Becoming a Grandfather”, and “Thanks for the Memory: Froebel and Montessori.” Perhaps Professor Elkind is best known for his popular books, The Hurried Child, All Grown Up and No Place to Go, Miseducation, Ties that Stress and most recently The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally. In preparation is a new book tentatively entitled, The Stages of Parenthood: Growing Up With Our Children.

Professor Elkind is a member of many professional organizations, is on the Editorial Board of numerous scientific journals, is a consultant to state education departments, as well as to government agencies and private foundations. He lectures extensively in the United States, Canada, and abroad. He has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Morning News, Twenty/Twenty, Nightline, Donahue, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has been profiled in People and Boston Magazine and was a Contributing Editor to Parents Magazine. Professor Elkind also co-hosted Lifetime television series, Kids These Days. He is a past President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Professor Elkind is currently the chief scientific advisor for JustAskBaby, an Internet service for parents.

CARD Conference Schedule: April 10, 2010

9:00 – 10:00 am Conference Registration
10:00 – 11:30 am Research Presentations
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Keynote Presentation
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch and Networking
1:30 – 2:30 pm Agencies’ Presentations
2:30 – 3:30 pm Connections and Collaborations Workshop
3:30 – 4:00 pm Closing Plenary