PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
Snipes, James E.
MA, Counseling, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 1983MS, Clinical Psychology, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX 1979BA, Psychology, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE 1970
29 May - Jul 30 2006
5:30PM - 10:30PM
Textbook: Santrock, J. W. (2005). Adolescence (10th Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill
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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: This course focuses on the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social developmental patterns during the time in life between puberty and freedom from parental control. This length of time seems to be lengthening in Western culture. An understanding of the values, behaviors, and social relationships of the adolescent subculture is necessary for facilitating the transition into adulthood and the world of work.
Each week the focus will be on different situations, issues, or problems unique to the teenage developmental process. These ideas will be critically analyzed by the online conferencing discussions, individual research, and public presentations.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Research Papers: Each student will be required to pick a topic of interest to them in the area of adolescence and obtain approval from the instructor. Each student will be required to write three related papers. The first will present an arguable claim on a particular topic based on reading at least one source. The second paper will present an arguable claim with an alternative view to the first paper based on reading at least one source. The third paper will integrate and critically analyze the different views on the topic while adding new information. The final paper will require 7 references for evidence. 3 of these references must be research (empirical) articles. Each paper will be worth up to 100 points. The grading break down will be as follows: APA Style (cover page, writing style, citation of evidence, & reference page) 20 Points
Focus (arguable claim, original idea, clear controlling idea, & sufficient references) 20 Points
Development (full discussion, smooth style, & personal experiences) 20 Points
Organization (smooth transitions, clear paragraphing, & logical sequence of topics) 20 Points
Mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling) 20 Points
Midterm and Final Examination
Grading: Midterm and Final Examination (2) 200 Points
Research Papers (3) 300 Points
Total 500 Points
59% and below F
Late Submission of Course Materials: All assignments (including homework, quizzes, test, term paper and verbal presentation) submitted late will be subject to a 10% reduction in total points assigned and nonsubmission will result in an F for the assignment.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week 1 - Chapter1 Introduction
Week 2 - Chapter 2 The Science of Development
Chapter 3 Puberty, Health & Biological Foundations
Week 3 - Chapter 4 Cognitive Development
Chapter 5 The Self,Identity,Emotions&Personality
Week 4 - Chapter 6 Gender
Chapter 7 Sexuality
Week 5 - Chapter 8 Moral Development
Week 6 - Chapter 9 Families
Chapter 10 Peers
Week 7 - Chapter 11 Schools
Chapter 12 Achievement, Work, and Careers
Week 8 - Chapter 13 Culture
Chapter 14 Adolescent Problems
Week 9 - Research Paper
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My name is James Snipes (please address me as Jim) and I will be your instructor for the next nine weeks.
I've been teaching for Park University for a number of years, and am currently teaching more than one course for Park.
I'm a retired Air Force fellow, and have a background in psychology. Along with teaching for Park, I am a psychotherapist at Samaritan Behavioral Health, Inc. in Dayton, Ohio. In this position, I diagnose and treat mental disorders primarily associated with children and adolescents. Hence, I have the opportunity to apply the theories and concepts presented in the textbook for this course on a daily basis. Such a position is very rewarding because it enables me to intervene in situations with clients that sometimes place them on the right course. Rendering a "...and they lived happily ever after" scenario.
My favorite hobby is playing the guitar. I am currently taking lesson.
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