PS 121 Human Growth & Development
F2T 2008 DLB
Thom, William Hardin
M. A. Guidance and CounselingB. A. Speech/Communicaiton
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Textbook: Berger, K. S. (2008). The developing person through the lifespan. Worth: New York.
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Educational Philosophy: Learning is Student-centered:
It is a process unique to each individual. Learning occurs in many fashions, but is something each person engages in actively.
Learning is Creative:
It is more than just becoming familiar with facts. It involves analysis, application, evaluation, and creation of new concepts.
The learning process is often Collaborative:
We try to take part in activities which encourage mutual exploration and comparison of ideas.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Each student will write one research paper. Each student will conduct seven 1 hour observations with children, adolescents, and adults in various stages of their development. The following table will show what stages will be required:
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
The First Two Years
The Play Years
The School Years
These observations can occur in any setting where people can be found. 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 1 hour used for the observation and interview need to be recorded in your appendix. 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 3 references including the textbook. The student will need to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate these observations and the literature that they have cited. 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:
The following is the summary list of "class assessments":
observations can occur in any setting where people 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 1 hour used for the observation and interview need
to be recorded in your appendix. 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 3 references including the textbook. Each student will need to
identify an arguable claim (thesis statement) in the area of human
growth and development. The student will use their observations and the
literature that they have identified as evidence to support their
arguable claim. 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.
Final Exam: There will be a Comprehensive Final Examination offered
covering all chapters studied during the semester.. You will have one
hour during the eighth week to take the Comprehensive Final Exam. It
will contain definition of terms and essay questions. Some of the
questions will be obtained from your weekly quizzes and Midterm
Examination. The rest will be drawn from the chapters covered during
the entire 8 weeks of the semester. The Comprehensive Final Exam will
be sent to a Proctor that you have selected using the Park University
guidelines and has been approved by your instructor. The Final Comprehensive Exam will be worth up to 200 points.
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Last Updated:10/7/2008 9:52:11 AM