Intellectual Development        

6-8 Years old

9-11 Years Old

12-14 Years old

15-18 Years old

Are concrete thinkers

 

 Have short attention spans

 

 Are learning to sort things into categories and arrange in a series

 

 Imitate and aspire to work roles they witness in the community and at home

Vary in academic ability, interest and reasoning skills

 

 Are beginning to think logically and use good judgment within a very concrete framework

 

 Exhibit increased attention span

 

 Have many interest that change rapidly

Are developing skills of logic, problem solving and can understand cause and effect

 

 Are beginning to think abstractly

 

 Are able to think about thinking and challenge assumptions

 

 Have moved from fantasy to realistic focus on life goals

Are mastering abstract thinking

 

 Can develop theories and create new possibilities

 

 Can deal with ambiguity

 

 Search for career possibilities

Reference: Youth Works (Kansas State University). (2001). Lets Start Where They Are, Part 1 [Interactive DVD]