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PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
Ajas, Hiroshi


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

U1AA 2007 LC

Faculty

Ajas, Hiroshi

Title

Associate Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master in Social Work, MSW; licensed LMSW in Texas
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, MS
Master of Arts in Business Management, MA

Office Location

Lackland AFB,TX

Office Hours

Anytime via e-mail or work number

Daytime Phone

210-592-5330

E-Mail

Hiroshi.Ajas@park.edu

hajas@warmsprings.org

Semester Dates

June 4, 2007 - July 29, 2007

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:30 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Cobb, Nancy, (2005) Adolescence: Continuity, Change, and Diversity, (Sixth Edition). Mcgraw-Hill Publishing Company.

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Course Description:
( EDM 221/ EDS 221) 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 to integrate class lectures, power point slide presentations, course chapter outline handouts, group exercise/activities, examinations and Core Assessment Observations/Interviews Research Paper to expand understanding of adolescent psychology. Instructor will engage each student in a lively discusssion on behaviors and thinking of adolescent and a lifespan view of psychological, biological, cognitive and sociological aspects of adolescence.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and use vocabulary words related to adolescent psychology in class and through the written word as measured by quizzes, midterm, final, engage and explore, research paper, and classroom presentation. (Program Competency 7)
  2. Analyze the concepts common to the period from puberty to adulthood as measured by quizzes, midterm, final, engage and explore, research paper, and classroom presentation. (Program Competency 1)
  3. Critically examine such topics as self-identity, sexuality, life-styles, parent-adolescent relationships, and conditions leading to optimal development as measured by quizzes, midterm, final, engage and explore, research paper, and classroom presentation. (Program Competency 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 9)
  4. Identify basic notions found in research method often used in adolescent psychology research as measured by quizzes, midterm, final, engage and explore, research paper, and classroom presentation. (Program Competency 2, 3, 4, & 5)
  5. Demonstrate high quality written and oral communication skills through interaction with other students and the instructor in a structured, flexible environment as measured by the research paper and classroom presentation. (Program Competency 4, 5, & 7)
  6. Identify public policy that influences the lives of adolescents as measured by quizzes, midterm, final, engage and explore, research paper, and classroom presentation\. (Program Competency 9)


Core Assessment:

PS221 – Adolescent Psychology – Core Assessment

Research Paper (Core Assessment): Each student will conduct five 3 hour observations/interviews with adolescents in various stages of their development. One topic area will be about the view of adolescents in different cultures in and out of the United States and another will be about how public policy affects adolescents. The following table will show what stages will be required:

Topic Area

Data Collection

Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview

Early Adolescence (10-13)

Observation/Interview

3 Hours

Adolescence (14-17)

Observation/Interview

3 Hours

Late Adolescence (18-22)

Observation/Interview

3 Hours

Adolescence and Family

Observation/Interview

3 Hours

Public Policy - Adolescent Development

Literature Review

NA

Views of Adolescent Development in different cultures.

Literature Review

NA

These observations can occur in any setting where adolescents can be found. When interviewing, be sure to have your questions developed before the interview. Each student will be required to write a paper that will be an analysis of their observations. Each paper will need to have the observation sheets and interview questions and their responses attached as appendixes. The 3 hours used for the observation and interview need to be recorded. Each paper will need to be double-spaced. Each paper will need to use APA style when citing references and will need an APA style references list. Each paper will need to have 7 references including the textbook. Three 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. Each student will need to identify a research question based on their observations and literature search. 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. The research questions and design section need to be a small part of the paper. They need to be a seamless part of the paper and not a separate section.  This paper will be more successful it the student will develop an arguable claim (thesis statement) in the area of adolescence and then use the observation/interviews and the literature as evidence to back up the arguable claim.  This is one paper that covers the content outlined in the matrix above.  If the student has observations/interviews that do not apply to the arguable claim, then the student should not use it in the body of the paper, but they must include it with the rest of their observations in the appendix at the back of the paper.  The paper will be worth up to 300 points. To see what is required and how the points will be distributed, see the Core Assessment Rubric at the end.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

1. 28 June 07- Midterm Examination-Chapters 1-7.
2. 26 July 07- Final Examination-Chapters 8-14. Both examinations will include multiple choice , true and false, matching and short answer response questions.
3. Core Assessment Research Paper on Observations and Interviews: Each student will prepare a research paper on observations/interviews conducted with adolescence in various stages of their development. A detailed outline for the Core Assessment Research paper on observations/interviews will be discussed on the first day of class. Each student will do an oral presentation of their findings.
4. Attendance and Participation: A percentage of each student's overall grade will be based on attendance and active participation in all group exercises. Excused and unexcused absences, and inactive participation in group exercises, will result in the deduction of points per class.

Grading:

1. Midterm Examination- 100 points (31%)
2. Final Examination- 100 points (31%)
3. Core Assessment Research Paper- 100 points (31%)
4. Attendance and Participation- 25 points (7%)
5. Total Points- 325 points (100%)
 
325-293=A
292-260= B
259-228=C
227-195=D
194 and below= F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The instructor will not accept late assignments unless it is for documented, excused reasons. Unexcused reasons for late submission of assignments/tests will receive a grade of "zereo." There are NO make up sessions for completion of assignments/tests for unexcused absences. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and coordinate the time, date and place to make up missed assignments/ tests.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class participation is expected and attendance will be taken for each class. Class missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, personal/medical emergencies are excusable but the student will need to coordinate with the instructor as soon as possible to make up missed assignments/tests.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1. 5 Jun- Introduction to course objectives, outline of assignments, discussion on research paper and explanation of grading and attendance system. Lecture, slides and discusssion of Chapter 1, Defining Adolescents: Who Are They?
2.
7 Jun- Chapter 2, Theoretical Foundations of Adolescence, group activity on problem solving and using theory to explain real-life events.
3. 12 Jun- Chapter 3, The Biological and Physical Changes of Adolescence, group activity on biological context of development: puberty.
4. 14 Jun- Chapter 4, The Cognitive and Intellectual Changes of Adolescence, group activity on intelligence tests.
5. 19 Jun- Chapter 5, Defining the Self: Identity and Intimacy, group activity on role playing identity statuses, cultural images of ethnicity and perspectives on maturity.
6. 21 Jun- Chapter 6, The Sexual Self: Close Relationships in Adolescence, group activity on sexual self.
7. 26 Jun- Chapter 7, Adolescents in the Family: Changing Roles and Relationships, review for Midterm Examination.
8. 28 Jun-Midterm Examination, Chapter 7 continued.
9. 3 Jul- Chapter 8, Adolescents and Their Friends, group activity on adolescents and their friends
10. 5 Jul- Chapter 9, Adolescents in the Schools, group activity on adolescents in the schools.
11. 10 Jul- Chapter 10, Work, Careers, and College: New Decisions, New Ways of Thinking, group activity on work, careers and college.
12. 12 Jul- Chapter 11, Facing the Future: Values in Transition.
13. 17 Jul- Chapter 12, The Problems of Youth, group activity on the problem of youth.
14. 19 Jul- Chapter 13, Positive Development in Adolescence: Meeting the Challenges and Making It Work.
15. 24 Jul- Chapter 14, Studying Adolescence: Research Methods and Issues, review for Final Examination.
16. 26 Jul- Final Examination

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Critical Thinking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Up to 100% of points possible Up to 70% of points possible Up to 50% of points possible Up to 30% of points possible 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2 & 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Differences and similarities of 5-7 topic areas were outlined in comparison to the literature, observation, and interview.




(40 points) 
Differences and similarities of 3-4 topic areas were outlined in comparison to the literature, observation, and interview




(28 Points 
Differences and similarities of 1-2 topic areas were outlined in comparison to the literature, observation, and interview.




(20 Points) 
No differences and similarities of  topic areas were outlined in comparison to the literature, observation, and interview




(9 Points 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2 & 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Throughout  the paper, the student used: 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.









5-7 topic areas were included in the paper.




(35 Points)












 
Throughout  the paper, the student used




7-8 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.




?3-4 topic areas were included in the paper.




(24.5 Points)












 
Throughout the paper, the student used:



1-7 reference(s) from the literature.







The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper.







1-2 topic areas were included in the paper.



(17.5 Points)












 
No topic areas were included in the paper.



(10.5 Points) 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2, 4, & 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
The student compared and contrasted 5-7 topic areas and corresponding literature.
(40 points) 
The student compared and contrasted 3-4 topic areas and corresponding literature.



(20 Points) 
The student compared and contrasted 1-2 topic areas and corresponding literature.



(15 Points) 
No topic areas and corresponding literature.



(9 Points) 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The student met expectation and offered a research question that was a natural extension of the literature reviewed in the research paper












(35 Points)












 
The student successfully identified a research question about adolescent development and offers a plausible developmental research design for this question.  The student must identify why they chose the research design.












(24.5 Points)












 
The student successfully developed a research question about adolescent development












(17.5 Points)












 
The student did not identify a research question about adolescent development.












(10.5 Points)












 
Effective Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Up to 100% of points possible Up to 70% of points possible Up to 50% of points possible Up to 30% of points possible 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1 & 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Each paper consistently uses developmental terms appropriately.  Less than 5 errors while using developmental terms.












(35 Points)












 
Each paper consistently uses developmental terms appropriately.  There are 6-7 errors while using developmental terms.












(24.5 Points)












 
Each paper consistently uses developmental terms appropriately.  There are 8-12 errors while using developmental terms.












(17.5 Points)












 
Each paper consistently uses developmental terms appropriately.  There are 13 or more errors while using developmental terms.












(10.5 Points)












 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The student meets expectations while including a student-developed graphic or table.












(35 Points)












 
The research paper contains the following sections:
• APA Citations


• Introduction


• Analysis


• Conclusion


• APA Formatted References Page


References Page – all the references in the body of the text match up with those in the references list and all references in the references list match up with those in the body of the text.


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)


(24.5 Points)
 
The research paper contains the following sections:












• Cover page












• Abstract – summary of Project












• Introduction












• Analysis












• Conclusion












• APA Formatted References Page












• References Page – all the references in the body of the text match up with those in the references list and all references in the references list match up with those in the body of the text.












(17.5 Points)












 
The research paper does not contain all of the sections included in the does not meet expectations category.












(10.5 Points)












 
Other Literacies                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Up to 100% of points possible Up to 70% of points possible Up to 50% of points possible Up to 30% of points possible 
Adolescence - Public Policy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Research paper identified public policy issue in 4-5 topic areas.


(40 Points) 
Research paper identified public policy issue in 2-3topic areas.


(28 Points) 
Research paper identified public policy issue in 1 topic area.
(20 Points) 
Research paper did not identify public policy issues in any topic area.

(12 Points) 
Adolescence – Culture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
1 & 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Research Paper identified cultural variations in views of in 4-5 topic areas.


(40 Points) 
Research Paper identified cultural variations in 2-3 topic areas.


(28 Points) 
Research Paper identified cultural variations in 1 topic area.
(20 Points) 
Research Paper did not identify cultural variations in any topic area.
(12 Points) 

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