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EDE 205 Child Psychology
FA 2008 HO
Cowley, Brian J.
Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology/Department Chair
B.S. - Psychology - Utah State UniversityM.S. - Behavior Analysis and Therapy - Southern Illinois University at CarbondalePh.D. - Developmental and Child Psychology - University of Kansas
Mabee 224, Parkville Campus
M F – 1:00-2:00 p.m. & T R – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
August 18, 2008 to December 12, 2008
10:00 - 10:50 AM
Lodico, M. G. & Voegtle, K. H. (2005). Child & adolescent life stories: Perspectives from youth, parents, and teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Novak, G. & Palaez, M. (2004). Child and adolescent development: A behavioral systems approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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Educational Philosophy: Doctor Cowley’s educational philosophy is based on bringing the student to the table for critical thinking. A variety of teaching methods are employed according to the learning objectives and the available environmental setting. Students will be required to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate topics in child psychology.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
· Research Paper (Core Assessment). Each student will write one research paper. Each student will conduct four 3 hour observations with children in various stages of their development. There will be three additional topic areas that each student will need to address. First the student will need to address prenatal development and birth. Secondly each student will need to address how public policy affects each period of development and finally they will need to examine different cultural influences during each developmental period. The following table will show what stages will be required:
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
Prenatal Development and Birth
The First 2 Years
The Play Years
The School Years
Public Policy –Child Development
Views of Child Development in different cultures.
The observation can occur in any setting where children can be found. Each student needs to make an arguable claim (thesis statement) that will be the central theme of this research paper. They will then use the observations, class discussions, and literature as evidence to support their arguable claim. Each student will have to focus on the five different developmental periods, public policy, and cultural influences on development as they apply to their arguable claim. The 3 hours used for the observations need to be recorded in a student developed observation sheet. Each paper will need to have the completed observation sheets attached as an appendix. The paper will need to be double spaced. The paper will need to use APA style when citing references and will need an APA style references list. The paper will need to have 7 references including the textbook. 3 of the 7 references will need to be empirically based research reports from a refereed professional journal. The student will need to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate these observations and the literature that they have cited. They will propose a plausible developmental research question based on their observations. They will then suggest a possible developmental research design that they could use to investigate the research question and discuss why that design was selected="true"="true"="true"="true". The research questions and design section needs to be a small part of the paper and does not need to be the central theme of the paper. It needs to be a seamless part of the paper and not a separate section. The paper will be worth up to 300 points. To see what is required and how the points will be distributed, see the rubric below and the Core Assessment Rubric at the end. See the graphic below for a list of paper requirements.
Research Paper Requirements
Differences and similarities between the 7 topic areas are outlined in comparison with the literature.
7 or more references are used from the literature. These references provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined. Three of the references are empirical reports from a scientific journal.
Each paper consistently uses developmental terms appropriately with less than 5 errors.
The research paper contains the following sections: APA citations, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, and APA formatted references page.
A student created graph (not a copy of someone else’s graph) is included to make a point to arguer for your arguable claim.
The student develops a plausible research question that is a natural extension of the literature reviewed in the paper. This does not have to be the major theme of the paper, but should be included seamlessly in the paper.
The research paper will also include the following: Focus (arguable claim, original idea, & clear controlling idea), Development (full discussion, smooth style, & personal experiences), Organization (smooth transitions, clear paragraphing, & logical sequence of topics), Mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling).
The research paper identified cultural variations found in adult development in relation to the first four topic areas.
The research paper identified public policy issues that affect the first four topic areas.
Exceeds Expectation (2)
Meets Expectation (1)
Does Not Meet Expectation (0)
Analysis & Evaluation Outcomes - 1, 2, 5
Compared and contrasted 5-6 topic areas and corresponding literature. 9 or more references from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper. Three of the references should be empirical and refereed research articles.
Compared and contrasted 3-4 topic areas and corresponding literature. 7-9 references from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper. Three of the references should be empirical and refereed research articles
Compared and contrasted 1-2 topic areas and corresponding literature. 1-4 reference(s) from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper.
Application Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in the first 4 topic areas.
Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in 2-3 of the first 4 topic areas.
Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in one of the first 4 topic areas.
Whole Artifact Outcome - 5
The research paper meets expectations while including a student developed graphic or table.
The research paper contains the following sections: APA citations, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, and APA formatted references page. The research paper will also include the following: Focus (arguable claim, original idea, & clear controlling idea), Development (full discussion, smooth style, & personal experiences), Organization (smooth transitions, clear paragraphing, & logical sequence of topics), Mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling).
The research paper contains the following sections: Cover page, Abstract –summary of Project, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, APA formatted references page.
· Weekly Quiz. There will be weekly quizzes administered throughout the semester. Each quiz will made up of multiple choice, vocabulary word definitions, and essay questions about the reading assignment for a given week. Each quiz will be worth up to 15 points.
· Final. A Final will be administered covering the readings from the entire semester (comprehensive). The final will be made up of multiple choice vocabulary words, multiple choice content, and essay questions. The final will be worth up to 200 points.
· Volunteer Journal Discussion. Each student will be required to volunteer 6 hours of their time at an agency or organization that serves children (These observations can be used as observations for topic areas in the research paper). They will be required to keep a journal about their volunteer service. Each student will enter their journal entry into a discussion thread on e-companion and then will be required to respond to two fellow classmates. The journal entry will need to be a synthesis between the textbook information and the student’s own voluntary experience. Statements like “good job”, “I agree” and so on, will not count. The response must be thoughtful and evaluative. The journal entry discussion thread activity will be worth up to 50 points each.
Entry (Journal Entry tied to Textbook Materials) 30, 1st Response 10, 2nd Response 10.
· Group Projects/Case Studies. My graduate student and I will be conducting an experiment with projects to examine how group work can be facilitated. We will be following IRB approved procedures and will be presenting the results at the end of the semester. Each student will be combined with 4-5 other students. Each group will be required to develop a 4 case studies based on the theories and information found in the textbook that is being studied. There will be two rubrics used for grading. Two case studies will be based on Rubric A and two will be based on Rubric B. Rubric A will contain what elements are required for the case study, in the classroom presentation, and in the case study journal entry with a rating scale. Rubric B will contain everything Rubric A does, but will also include a frequency count of the entries in the discussion thread and the quality of the content of the entries in the discussion thread. There will be 4 cases stuies and each will be worth up to 100 points. Each group will identify the theory and research covered during that section of the semester. They will create a case study that reflects the behavioral and developmental aspects found in the theory and research covered during that section of the semester.
Written Case Study Elements (The elements listed below are supporting evidence to the case study)
Classroom Presentation Elements
Case Study Journal Elements
40 Points Available
20 Points Available
Total = 100 Points Available
Frequency Count of Discussion Thread
Quality of Thread Entries
Here is the grading rubric used to grade the Core Assessment in this class:
APA formatted references page with references (3 references are empirical and refereed research articles)
Introduction (should contain the arguable claim)
A student created graph (not a copy of someone else’s graph) is included to make a point to argue for your arguable claim.
The research paper will show how cultural variables impact child development in relation to the first four topic areas.
The research paper will show how public policy issues impacts the first five topic areas.
Compared and contrasted 5-6 topic areas and corresponding literature.
Observations: Prenatal Development, First Two Years, The Play Years, The School Years, and Adolescence.
% for Grade
Volunteer Journal Discussions
Group Projects/Case Studies
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any assignment turned in after the date it is due can be given up to half credit for that assignment. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Ch. 1 N & P
Journal Discussion 1, Quiz 1
Modern Developmental Theory, Edward
Ch. 2 N & P
Ch. 7 L & V
Behavior Genetics, Keisha
Ch. 3 N & P
Ch. 2 L & V
Journal Discussion 2,
Prenatal, Birth, and Postnatal Periods, Laura
Ch. 4 N & P
Ch. 3 L & V
Learning 1: Habituation and Respondent Learning, Nicole & Brook
Ch. 5 N & P
Ch. 5 L & V
Journal Discussion 3
Operant Learning, Emily
Ch. 6 N & P
Ch. 4 L & V
Case Study 1
Cognitive Development, Beth
Ch. 7 N & P
Ch. 6 L & V
Journal Discussion 4
The Development of Communication, Ben
Ch. 8 N & P
Ch. 1 L & V
Quiz 8, Introduction
Personality and the Self, Frank
Ch. 9 N & P
Ch. 8 L & V
Case Study 2
Social and Emotional Development, Talisha
Ch. 10 N & P
Ch. 9 L & V
Journal Discussion 5
Development of Antisocial Behaviors, Elena
Ch. 11 N & P
Ch.10 L & V
Full Research Paper Due (To be submitted in a dropbox in ecompanion)
Journal Discussion 6
The Family System, Hector
Ch. 12 N & P
Ch.11 L & V
Case Study 3
Ch. 13 N & P
Ch.12 L & V
Adolescence, All Cases
Ch. 14 N & P
Ch. 1-12 L&V
Behavior Disorders of Childhood, All Cases
Ch. 15 N & P
Case Study 4
Final from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
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