PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
S1UU 2007 CN
White, Edward G.
Masters in Clincial CounselingBachelors in Social WorkAssociate in Applied Management
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Adolescence, 7th Edition by John W. Santrock; publication date 2003 to 2006, ISBN-13:978-0-07-313372-0.
Utilizing APA style.
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is to integrate class lectures, slide presentation, examinations and classroom activities to increase understanding of adolescence psychology. Instructor will engage each student in a lively dicussion on behaviors and thinking of adolescent and a lifespan view of psychological, biological, cognitive and socialogical aspects of adolescence.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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:
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
Early Adolescence (10-13)
Late Adolescence (18-22)
Adolescence and Family
Public Policy - Adolescent Development
Views of Adolescent Development in different cultures.
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Prior to first class read chapter 1 thur 3, a quiz will be given on the reading assignment.
Week1- Introduction Chapter 1; Chapter 2 The Science of Adolescent Development and Chapter 3; Puberty and Biological Foundation.
Week2- Chapter 4 Cognitive Development, Chapter 5; The Self Identity, Emotions and Personality
Week3- Chapter 6 Gender, Chapter 7 Sexuality; Presentation (topic of your choice) and Review for Mid-term Exam.
Week4- Mid-Term Exam, Paper Due; (Decision Making, a major decision that has affect ones life, 3 to 4 pages. Chapter 8; Moral Development, values and religion, Chapter 9 Families.
Week6- Chapter 14 Adolescent Problem, Chapter 15; Health Stress and Coping.
Week9- Final Exam and Evaluation
The final course grade will be determined according to the following:
Oral Presentation/Classroom exercise----------------10%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Make-up exam will or assignment will be assigned by the instructor and may also carry a reduced grade, based on circumstances of any abscence. The student must make every effort to contact the instructor as soon as possible prior to the absence or if not shortly thereafter.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
A) Participation is a subjective element of the student's grade and it is critical the success of the student and the class. Students are expected to read assignments prior to class and be able to discuss material contained therein.
B) Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time. Attendance will be checked each class meeting. Abscences for legitimate reasons (illness, duty, etc.) are excusable, however the student must report the absence to the instructor and is reasonible to may up any missed assignments. Three excused absences may result in a reduced grade. Two unexcused absences may result in a failing grade for the course.
C) Academic honesty is the expected norm. Classroom conduct prejudicial to a positive learning environment will result in dis-enrollment.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: All paper must be APA style, 3 to 5 pages and 12 inch font double space. Will go over dates in class.
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