PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
F2Z 2008 ML
VanHook, Dennis G.
Senior Adjunct Professor
Masters of Social WorkLicensed Clinical Social Worker, Montana
Malmstrom Education Center
October 13 - December 14, 2008
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Textbook: John W. Santrock, Adolescence, 12th edition, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-07-338261-6
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
This assignment will give you the opportunity to research, analyze, and evaluate a program that has been designed to either prevent adolescent problems or enhance adolescent development. You will apply the theories and concepts you have learned throughout the term to this evaluation. You will use various sources of information including empirical articles, and the Internet. The paper will be formatted in APA style, double-spaced and 6-9 pages in length (1- inch margins, 12-point font) excluding title page, references, and appendices. The questions posed below are suggestions and should be used as a guide to your writing – substitutions and additions are welcome.
The paper should include the following sections:
I. Introduction to the paper
II. Describe the program you have chose for analysis in detail – include:
The context of delivery,
The population that it services (specific attention to cultural relevance),
The type of funding the program receives,
The goals of the program, etc.
III. Background on why this program is important for adolescent development.
What theories apply to this topic?
What concepts apply to this topic?
What developmental tasks does this program address?
What are the cultural implications of this issue?
How does this program help adolescents develop in healthy ways?
IV. Empirical research on this program and similar programs
What studies have been done on this program if any?
What studies have been done on similar programs?
What studies say about how this type of program should be set up, etc.?
V. Your own evaluation of this program
What are the strengths of this program?
What are the weaknesses of this program?
How would you change this program to better service the needs of adolescents?
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Class assessment will be as follows:
Midterm Exam Grade
Final Exam Grade
Research Paper Grade
Research Paper: 40%
F......59 & below
Late Submission of Course Materials: Written assignments are due on the date agreed and late assignments will not be accepted unless coordinated with the instructor first. Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during any absence. Examinations not taken during regular scheduled dates will be of a different format from the normal examination.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings and share their thoughts. Each student will be required to verbalize to the class what they found most interesting about the readings and what they did not agree with and why. Cell phones off! No chatting with your neighbor while anyone else is talking. Respect confidentiality, some students will share personal information. This information stays in the class.
Week 1:Chp 1 & Introduction
Week 2:Chp 2 & 3
Week 3:Chp 6
Week 4:Chp 5 & Guest Speaker: Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Week 5: Chp8 & MIDTERM
Week 6:Chp9 & 10
Week 7: Chp 11
Week 8:Chp12 & 13
Week 9:Chp14 & FINAL EXAM & Research Paper due
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