PS 222 Adult Development & Aging
SP 2009 HO
Cowley, Brian J.
Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology and Sociology Department
B.S. - Psychology - Utah State UniversityM.S. - Behavior Analysis and Therapy - Southern Illinois University at CarbondalePh.D. - Developmental and Child Psychology - University of Kansas
Mabee 224 - Parkville Campus
M – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and T – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
January 12, 2009 to May 08, 2009
9:00 - 9:50 AM
Textbook: Bjorklund, B. R. & Bee, H. L. (2008). The journey of adulthood (6th Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
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Educational Philosophy: Doctor Cowley’s educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning with a focus on application. Lectures, readings, multiple choice tests, service learning, class discussion, writing, and the use of reference systems are significant components of this learning process. Each student will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize presented information. Each student will be required to demonstrate these skills publicly in the classroom or through the written word.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
Public Policy - Adult Development
Views of Adult Development in different cultures.
The observation can occur in any setting where adults can be found. Each student needs to make an arguable claim (thesis statement) that will be the central theme of this research paper. They will then use the observations, class discussions, and literature as evidence to support their arguable claim. Each student will have to focus on the four different developmental periods, public policy, and cultural influences on development as they apply to their arguable claim. The 3 hours used for the observations need to be recorded in a student developed observation sheet. The paper will need to have the completed observation sheets attached as an appendix. The paper will need to be double spaced. The paper will need to use APA style when citing references and will need an APA style references list. The paper will need to have 7 references including the textbook. 3 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. 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 needs to be a small part of the paper and does not need to be the central theme of the paper. It needs to be a seamless part of the paper and not a separate section. The paper will be worth up to 300 points. To see what is required and how the points will be distributed, see the rubric below and the Core Assessment Rubric at the end. See the graphic below for a list of paper requirements.
Research Paper Requirements
Differences and similarities between the 7 topic areas are outlined in comparison with the literature.
7 or more references are used from the literature. These references provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined. Three of the references are empirical reports from a scientific journal.
Each paper consistently uses developmental terms appropriately with less than 5 errors.
The research paper contains the following sections: APA citations, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, and APA formatted references page.
A student created graph (not a copy of someone else’s graph) is included to make a point to arguer for your arguable claim.
The student develops a plausible research question that is a natural extension of the literature reviewed in the paper. This does not have to be the major theme of the paper, but should be included seamlessly in the paper.
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).
The research paper identified cultural variations found in adult development in relation to the first four topic areas.
The research paper identified public policy issues that affect the first four topic areas.
PS222-Core Assessment Rubric
Exceeds Expectation (2)
Meets Expectation (1)
Does Not Meet Expectation (0)
Analysis & Evaluation Outcomes - 1, 2, 5
Compared and contrasted 5-6 topic areas and corresponding literature. 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.
Compared and contrasted 3-4 topic areas and corresponding literature. 7-9 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
Compared and contrasted 1-2 topic areas and corresponding literature. 1-4 reference(s) from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper.
Application Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in the first 4 topic areas.
Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in 2-3 of the first 4 topic areas.
Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in one of the first 4 topic areas.
Whole Artifact Outcome - 5
The research paper meets expectations while including a student developed graphic or table.
The research paper contains the following sections: APA citations, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, and APA formatted references page. 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).
The research paper contains the following sections: Cover page, Abstract – summary of Project, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, APA formatted references page.
· Weekly Journal Discussion: Each student will be required to volunteer 6 hours of their time at an agency or organization that serves adults (These observations can be used as observations for topic areas in the research paper). They will be required to keep a journal that will be divided up by assigned discussions and record their volunteer experiences each week. Each student will introduce each discussion, outline their volunteer experience, discuss how it will affect them in the future, and how they plan to develop life-long patterns that will increase their happiness. Each set of bi-weekly journal entries will be worth up to 50 points.
Entry (Journal Entry tied to Textbook Materials) 30, 1st Response 10, 2nd Response 10.
Written Case Study Elements (The elements listed below are supporting evidence to the case study)
Classroom Presentation Elements
Case Study Journal Elements
40 Points Available
20 Points Available
Total = 100 Points Available
APA formatted references page with references (3 references are empirical and refereed research articles)
Introduction (should contain the arguable claim)
A student created graph (not a copy of someone else’s graph) is included to make a point to argue for your arguable claim.
The research paper will show how cultural variables impact child development in relation to the first four topic areas.
The research paper will show how public policy issues impacts the first five topic areas.
Compared and contrasted 4 topic areas and corresponding literature.
Early Adulthood, Middle Adulthood, Late Adulthood, Elderly
% for Grade
Volunteer Journal Discussions
Group Projects/Case Studies
Late Submission of Course Materials: Any assignment turned in after the date it is due will be given up to half credit for that assignment. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Introduction to Adult Development
Journal Discussions 1 & 2, Quiz 1, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1-19-09)
Journal Discussions 3 & 4, Quiz 2, Case Study (Section 1)
Health and Health Disorders; Cognitive Abilities
Chapters 3 and 4
Journal Discussions 5 & 6, Quiz 3, President’s Day (2-16-09)
Social Roles; Social Relationships
Chapters 5 and 6
Journal Discussions 7 & 8, Quiz 4, Case Study (Section 2)
Work and Retirement
Journal Discussions 9 & 10, Quiz 5 (Spring Break 3-8-09 through 3-15-09)
Personality; The Quest for meaning
Chapters 8 and 9
Journal Discussions 11 & 12. Quiz 6, Good Friday (4-10-09), Case Study (Section 3)
Stress, Coping, and Resistance; Death and Bereavement
Chapters 10 and 11
Journal Discussions 13 & 14, Quiz 7
The Successful Journey
Journal Discussions 15 & 16, Quiz 8, Case Study (Section 4)
Final from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
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