PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
F1AA 2006 LC
Master in Social Work, MSW; licensed LMSW in TexasMaster's in Counseling, MSMaster's in Business Management, MA
Lackland AFB, TX
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21 Aug 06- 15 Oct 06
7:30 - 10:10 PM
Textbook: Cobb, Nancy, Adolescence: Continuity, Change and Diversity, 5th edition, McGraw Hill, 2004. ISBN 0072878797
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is to integrate class lectures, slide presentations, examinations and classroom activties to increase understanding of adolescence psychology. Instructor will engage each student in a lively discussion on behaviors and thinking of adolescent and a lifespan view of psychological, biological, cognitive and sociological aspects of adolescence.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Research Papers (Core Assessment – Three 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:
1. 14 Sep-Midterm Examination-Chapters 1-7
2. 12 Oct- Final Examination- Chapters 8-14. Both examinations will include multiple choice, true and false, matching and short answer response questions.
3. Research papers: Three research papers will be prepared on a topic of interest, approved by the instructor. The papers will follow APA guidelines and the details for each paper will be discussed in class. The third research paper will display an understanding of research methods used to study adolescents. Each student will do an oral presentation of their paper at a scheduled time during class.
4. Attendance and participation: 8% of your total grade will be based on your prompt attendance and active participation in all class activities. Attendance and participation will be computed at 1.38 points per class. Excused and unecused absences, and tardiness will result in a deduction of 1.38 points per class.
1. Midterm Examination- 100 points (30.5%)
2. Final Examination- 100 points (30.5%)
3. Research paper #1- 25 points (8%)
4. Research paper #2- 25 points (8%)
5. Research paper #3- 50 points (15%)
6. Attendance and participation- 25 points (8%)
7. 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 assignments late unless for documented, excused reasons. Unexcused reasons for late submission of assignments/tests will receive a grade of "zero." There will be NO make up sessions for completion of assignments/tests for unexcused absences. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor (e-mail/phone) and coordinate the time, date and place to make up missed assignments/tests.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Class particiaption is expected and attendance will be taken for each class. Classes 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.
1. 22 Aug- Introduction to course objectives, outline of assignments, discussion on research papers, and explanations of grading and attendance system. Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 1. Group activity on cultural stereotypes of adolescents and creating a positive perceptions of adolescents.
2. 24 Aug- Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 2. Group activity on problem solving and using theory to explain real-life events.
3. 29 Aug- Lecture, slides and discussions of Chapter 3. Group activity on the biological context of development: puberty. Prepare Research Paper #1.
4. 31 Aug- Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 4. Group activity on intelligence tests.
5. 5 Sep- Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 5. Group activity on role playing identity statuses, cultural images of ethnicity and prespectives on maturity. Hand in Research Paper #1.
6. 7 Sep- Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 6. Group activity on sexual self.
7. 12 Sep- Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 7. Review for Midterm Examination. Prepare Research Paper #2.
8. 14 Sep- Midterm Examination. Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 8. Group activity on adolescents and their friends.
9. 19 Sep- Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 9. Group activity on adolescents in the schools. Hand in Research Paper #2.
10. 21 Sep- Lecture, slides and deiscussion of Chapter 10. Group activity on work, careers and college.
11. 26 Sep- Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 11.
12. 28 Sep- Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 12. Group activity on the problem of youth. Prepare Research Paper #3
13. 3 Oct- Lecture, slides and discussion of Chapter 13.
14. 5 Oct- Lecture, slides and discussion of CHapter 14.
15. 10 Oct- Presentation of Research Paper #3 to the class, review for final exmaination.
16. 12 Oct- Final Examination. Student presentation of Research Paper #3.
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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 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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Last Updated:7/19/2006 8:40:08 PM