How would a parent or educator use Don Bosco's Way to get the best out of youngsters from different age-groups?

The pages in this section may provide useful guidelines. They present a description of each age-group, the specific characteristics of young people at each level, and the things to keep in mind when applying Don Bosco's Way.

Kindly note that:
  • the lists in each group are not exhaustive.
  • the age-wise classification is not meant to compartmentalise nor absolutise the stages of growth.
  • the suggestions are generalisations and are not applicable to all situations all the time.
  • the influence of culture, society, religion, etc. on the development of the young person are not dealt with here.
  • the educator's response to variations in behaviour caused by gender are not treated.
  • this is merely a guide, and not a panacea for every challenge in the parent-child or educator-learner relationship.
What is suggested may make educating seem next to impossible. This is not a cause for panic. Educating is an on-going process of discovery that requires wisdom, discretion, good timing, patience and introspection.

According to Don Bosco's pedagogical philosophy:
Education is the art of growing with the young.


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Further Study:
Richard C. Sprinthall, Norman A. Sprinthall, Sharon Nodie Oja, Educational Psychology: A Developmental Approach, New York: McGraw-Hill, (1974) 1997.