EDM225 Psych of Education & Adolescence

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EDM 225 Psych of Education & Adolescence


FA 2009 HO


Kasperbauer, Kimberly


Asst Professor and Coordinator of  Middle and Secondary Education

Office Location

227 Copley

Office Hours

M, W,10-2; T, 2:30-3:30

Daytime Phone

(816) 584 6594



Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Credit Hours


  MCMahan, I. (2009). Adolescence. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc. 

* Additional course readings will be supplemented throughout the semester. These readings will be on reserve at the McAfee Library.

Required: All Park University teacher candidates seeking certification and licensure must purchase Foliotek, the School for Education’s electronic portfolio system. As purchasing and accessing Foliotek is a multi-step process, please follow these instructions: 

1.      Decide the Contract Period and fee for which you will be paying. Minimally, you must purchase a contract which extends to the year you expect to graduate, however some students purchase a contract extending one year beyond graduation. 

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 Contract Fee

Per Student (Prepaid)

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2.      Send an email to Carol Williams (carol.williams@park.edu) with the following information:

·        Your Name

·        The Contract Period you wish to purchase

·        Your student identification number

3.      Within a few days, you will receive from Foliotek an email with online purchasing information. Upon receipt of this email, purchase your Foliotek contract.

4.      Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive your login information. You must then send a final email to Carol Williams (carol.williams@park.edu), requesting she provide your current education professors and a academic advisor (list them) access to view your portfolio. It is imperative you complete this final step!!

Educational Philosophy: In a safe environment which fosters collaboration, critical thinking, group and individual problem-solving and especially reflection, all students learn to apply newly learned theories and concepts of the subject at hand to the practice of teaching in a practical, efficient way.


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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
EDM225 Psychology of Education & Adolescence: Through a study of the developmental factors and problems common to the period from puberty to adulthood, including selfidentity, sexuality, parent, peer, and adolescent relationships, and conditions leading to optimal development, this course guides the student to apply the fundamental principles of adolescent psychology to the teaching-learning process. 3:0:3

Class Assessment:
Student learning will be assessed by way of a final paper project; two exams which correlate with Park University's School for Education portfolio rubric and performance indicators; electronic essay assignments; two presentations; regular quizzes; attendance and active participation in activities and discussions. 

In Addition, all Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Departmental Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment for this course is the Term Paper and will account for 25% of the total grade. This 8-10 page (not including the title and reference page) double-spaced paper should be done in APA format and should include at least 8 professional references. The topic for this paper is at the student's discretion as long as it is mentioned somewhere in the course textbook. It must be approved by the instructor (e.g. to insure that it is neither too broad not too narrow) so will need to be submitted by a date specified by the instructor.


A = 720-800 points                C = 560-639 points

B = 640-719 points                 D = 480-559 points

E-Entries                                              8 at 20 points           160pts                    20%

Exams                                                  2 at 40 points             80pts                    10%

Edited Exams                                       2 at 20 points             40pts                      5%

Quizzes                                                4 at 10 points              40pts                     5%

Final Project                                         200 points                 200pts                  25%

Prospectus (Topic)                 25 points

Research Assignment              25 points

Final Paper                          100 points

Final Presentation                 50 points

Individual Presentation                      1 at 40 points            40pts                        5%

Individual Handout                             1 at 40 points            40pts                        5%

Participation/Attendance                          200 points                                          25%

TOTAL:                                                   800 points                                        100%

E-Companion: In order to succeed in this course, you must be minimally proficient in the use of E-Companion. All E-Entries and Exams MUST be submitted through their respective E-companion Drop Boxes, and grades will be updated regularly and available for your viewing. All handouts and power point presentations will be available on the E-companion course site. 

Note: Assignments that are turned in incorrectly will not be accepted. Therefore, it is imperative that you learn to navigate the course website, that you complete assignments early, and that you reread the syllabus as necessary to ensure proper submission!

Assignment Submission:  

  • E-Entries: All E-entries MUST be submitted into the course website DROP BOX. Emailed and paper submissions will not be accepted. In addition, PLEASE do not submit your e-entry as an attachment! Simply type your submission directly into the Comment box within the drop box. If you are unfamiliar with the e-companion drop box, it is your responsibility to come see me for extra instruction. Waiting until the assignment is due to figure out that you need help will most likely be too late!
  • Exams: All exams must be submitted into their respective drop boxes. Exams turned in any other way will not be accepted.
  • Edited Exams: In order to receive credit for editing your exam, it must be uploaded to FOLIOTEK by the due date! Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Prospectus: Your final paper prospectus must be sent to me via the assigned drop box. Until your topic is approved, I advise you to check your E-companion drop box often, as I may have questions or concerns that must be addressed before your topic is suitable.
  • Final Paper: Must be submitted in paper form by the end of the last class.
  • Presentations and Handouts: Must be uploaded to the Document Sharing section of our course site, to allow your classmates to benefit from your work and information.
  • Quizzes: Must be completed online through our course site by the due date listed on the course schedule.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I do not accept late work. Because of the amount of work required for this class, I highly recommend you attack each assignment as soon as it is posted, allowing time for any technological “glitches” that might arise. Most assignments will be submitted through email or E-companion, however exceptions may be made on occasion if necessary (e.g. If your computer dies, you are more than welcome to submit a paper copy to me – as long as it is received on time).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Pair and group discussions are a crucial component of our class. In order for these conversations to be as fruitful as possible, you are expected to be respectful of one another, open to your colleagues' ideas and perspectives, and ready to talk about given topics in a professional manner.

Cell Phone Use/Text Messaging: Please refrain from text messaging during class, as it is a major distraction to the professor as well as to your neighbors. Active participation is a course requirement and if you are distracted by incoming text messages you are unable to fully benefit from course discussions and presentations and thereby will receive an absence for that class. I understand that on occasion you may need to make or take an emergency phone call. If such a situation arises, please try to alert me of this possibility before class, and please leave the classroom to make or receive your call.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Assignments Due


8/18, 8/20



MoStep, Foliotek

411 Sheet

Styles of Learning


8/25, 8/27

The Science of Adolescent Development &

Cognitive & Linguistic Development Theory

Due 8/27 (5:00 pm): E-Entry #1

McMahon, Chapters 1 &2


9/01, 9/03

Development of Self, Social Skills, and Morality

Due 9/03 (5:00 pm) Quiz 1

McMahon, Chapters 3, 11, 12

Identity, Emotions, Intimacy & Personality


9/08, 9/10

Individual Differences/ Special Needs, Inclusion/IDEA

Due 9/10 (5:00 pm): E-Entry #2


9/15, 9/17

Discuss EXAM #1

Individual Presentations

Due: Individual Presentations and Handouts

Due 9/17 (5:00 pm): Quiz 2


9/22, 9/24

Gender Differences & Brain Research

Due 9/24 (5:00 pm): E-Entry #3

Due Sunday, 9/27 (5:00 pm) EXAM #1

McMahon, Chapters 8, 9, 10

Media – Effects on Learning, Aggression, Sexuality, & Body Image


9/29, 10/01

Cognitive Psychology - How People Learn

McMahon, Chapter 4

Due 10/01 (5:00 pm): Quiz 3


10/06, 10/08

Cognitive Psychology, continued

Due 10/08 (5:00 pm): E-Entry #4

Discuss FINAL PROJECT, In Class Research Synthesis Activity




10/20, 10/22


Discuss EXAM #2

Due 10/22 (5:00 pm): E-Entry #5

Due 10/22 (5:00 pm): Edited Exam #1, UPLOADED TO FOLIOTEK


10/27, 10/29


McMahon, Chapter 9



11/03, 11/05

Adolescent Anxiety: Effects on Learning

Due 11/05: Prospectus of Final Project (MUST BE APPROVED BY THIS DATE)

Due 11/05 (5:00 pm): E-Entry #6


11/10, 11/12

Fear & Safety - Affects on Learning

Due 11/12 (5:00 pm): Quiz 4

Bullying/ Cyberbullying


11/17, 11/19

Creating a Positive Learning Environment - Classroom Culture and Climate

Due Sunday, 11/23 (5:00 pm): EXAM #2

McMahon, Chapters 13 & 14


11/24, 11/26

The Research on Culture/ Putting it all together

Due 11/24 (5:00 pm): E-Entry #7



12/01, 12/03

Final Presentations

Due 12/03 (5:00 pm): Edited Exam #2 UPLOADED TO FOLIOTEK

Final Presentations




Final Presentations

Due 12/08 (5:00 pm): E-Entry #8

Due 12/10 (5:00 pm) FINAL PAPER

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 .


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