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38th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society

Adolescent Development: Challenges & Opportunities

6-8 June 2008, Québec City, Canada

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The 38th Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society will take place in Québec City, Canada, at the Loews Le Concorde Hotel, June 6-8, 2008. Organizers: Eric Amsel and Judi Smetana

Conference Theme

Our understanding of adolescent biological, cognitive, moral, and social development has been significantly revised over the past decade. The view of adolescence as the culmination of progressive, qualitative, and developmental changes has given way to the view that adolescence is a period of vulnerability and instability entailing developmental continuity from childhood and to adulthood. However, the current views may obscure what makes adolescence a unique period in the life cycle. One of the major goals of the JPS meeting in 2008 is to explore the distinctiveness of adolescence
from a constructivist and developmental perspective.

The JPS meeting will address adolescence as a unique time of opportunity and vulnerability, as adolescents actively coordinate capacities, skills, and understandings within and across domains. The symposium will examine these issues from neurological, cognitive, self-system, moral, and social perspectives. Interrelationships across these areas will be considered, and associations between these developmental processes and adolescents’ vulnerabilities to psychosocial problems and difficulties will be examined.

Plenary speakers include: Robert Crosnoe (University of Texas, Austin), Jay Giedd (National Institutes of Health), Judi Smetana (University of Rochester), Larry Steinberg (Temple University) and Avril Thorne (University of California, Santa Cruz).

Invited symposia on topics such as: intersections between peer and romantic relationships, risk and resilience, and constancy and change during adolescence will complement the perspectives offered by the plenary speakers.

Marking the 50th anniversary of its English publication, Inhelder & Piaget’s The Growth of Logical Thinking from Childhood to Adolescence will be discussed at a special session.

About Québec City

The cradle of French civilization in North America, Québec City is proudly preparing to celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2008. Quebec’s Old Town (Vieux-Québec), the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist, was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1985.

For more information on Québec City, visit: www.ville.quebec.qc.ca

Université Laval is serving as institutional host for
the Jean Piaget Society in Québec City