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PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
Kliewer, Cali R.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PS 221 Adolescent Psychology

Semester

S2J 2006 IN

Faculty

Kliewer, Cali R.

Title

Adjunt Professor

Degrees/Certificates

MA Elementary Administration

Daytime Phone

816-509-2779

Other Phone

816-792-5661

E-Mail

cali.kliewer@park.edu

ckliewer@liberty.k12.mo.us

Semester Dates

March 16-May 4 2006

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Adolescence, 11th edition by John Santrock

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
Developmental factors and problems common to the period from puberty to adulthood.  Topics include:  self-identity, sexuality, life-styles, parent-adolescent relationships, and conditions leading to optimal development.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one that promotes active learning based upon readings, class discussions, guided learning experiences, and presentations.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of the vocabulary of adolescent psychology.
  2. Identify and evaluate factors and problems common to the period from puberty to adulthood.
  3. Identify and explain topics as self-identity, sexuality, life-styles, parent-adolescent relationships, and conditions leading to optimal adolescent development.
  4. Display an understanding of research method used to study adolescents.


Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
CLASS PARTICIPATION
a. You are expected to attend class and participate in discussions.
b. Attendance will be taken in each class meeting.
c. Excused absences are at my discretion. You should notify me in advance if
possible. Written documentation may be required. Excess absences will reduce
your final grade. You are expected to make up all missed work.

Research Papers (Core Assessment – Third Research Paper)
Each student will be required to pick a topic of interest to them in Adolescent Psychology and obtain approval from the instructor.  Each student will be required write three related papers.  
First Research Paper: The first paper will present an arguable claim on a particular topic based on reading one source.  The focus to this paper will be on the biological influences of a developmental process during adolescence.  Second Research Paper:  The second paper will present and arguable claim based on reading a second source.  The focus of this paper will be on the environmental influences of the same developmental process covered in the first research paper.  
Third Research Paper:  The third paper will integrate and critically analyze the two views of the first two research papers.  In the conclusion of this paper, the student will ask a research question about the developmental process they have reviewed and they will suggest what developmental research method (outlined in textbook) they would use.  The final paper will require 7 references for evidence.  3 of these references must be research articles of an empirical nature.  Each paper will require observations made of actual children for up to 3 hours and the behaviors noted should relate to the topic covered in the paper.

ADOLESCENT INTERVIEW (15%)
An interview with an adolescent (aged 11-18) covering a list of prepared
questions (name can be anonymous). Length is to be 3-5 pages, word
processed, double-spaced. Handout of the prepared questions will be provided.

Weekly Quizzes
Each week, you will be responsible for completing the online quizzes that conincide with the chapters readings for that week.

Grading:
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 59 or BELOW

Class Participation = 15%
Research Papers = 45%
Adolescent Interview = 20%  
Online quizzes: 20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due as described in the syllabus. Late work will result in a deduction of points.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a fashion that supports the comfort, well-being, and learning environment of all students. Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be turned off during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
March 16:  Class will not meet

March 23: Review syllabus, course requirements, personal introductions, class rules.
Reading assignment: Chapters 1, 2, and 3.

March 30: Cover material in Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Group Discussion.
Reading assignment: Chapters 4, 5,and 6.

April 6: Cover material in Chapters 4, 5, and 6. Group Discussion.
Reading assignment: Chapters 7, 8, and 9.


April 13: Cover material in Chapters 7, 8, and 9. Group Discussion.
Reading assignment: Chapters 10, 11, and 12.  

April 20: Cover material in Chapters 10, 11, and 12. Group Discussion.
Reading assignment: Chapters 13, 14, and 15.  

April 27: Cover material in Chapters 13, 14, and 15. Group Discussion.
Reading assignment: Chapters 16, 17, and 18.

May 4: Cover material in Chapters 16, 17, and 18. Group Discussion.  

**NOTE: Research paper and interview can be turned in anytime during the course (self-paced), but NOT after the final meeting.

**NOTE: Instructor reserves the right to modify any of the above as time or circumstances may require.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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