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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
EDE 205 Child Psychology
SP 2008 HO
Cowley, Brian J.
Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology
B.S. - Psychology - Utah State UniversityM.S. - Behavior Analysis and Therapy - Southern Illinois University at CarbondalePh.D. - Developmental and Child Psychology - University of Kansas
M – 10:00-12:00 p.m., T R – 1:00-2:00 p.m., & W F – 10:00-11:00 a.m.
January 14, 2008 to May 9, 2008
9:00 - 9:50 AM
Lodico, M. G. & Voegtle, K. H. (2005). Child & adolescent life stories: Perspectives from youth, parents, and teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Novak, G. & Palaez, M. (2004). Child and adolescent development: A behavioral systems approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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Educational Philosophy: Doctor Cowley’s educational philosophy is based on bringing the student to the table for critical thinking. A variety of teaching methods are employed according to the learning objectives and the available environmental setting. Students will be required to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate topics in child psychology.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
· Research Paper (Core Assessment). Each student will write one research paper. Each student will conduct four 3 hour observations with children in various stages of their development. There will be three additional topic areas that each student will need to address. First the student will need to address prenatal development and birth. Secondly each student will need to address how public policy affects each period of development and finally they will need to examine different cultural influences during each developmental period. The following table will show what stages will be required:
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
Prenatal Development and Birth
The First 2 Years
The Play Years
The School Years
Public Policy –Child Development
Views of Child Development in different cultures.
The observation can occur in any setting where children 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 five 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. Each 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="true"="true"="true"="true". 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.
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 Quiz. There will be weekly quizzes administered throughout the semester. Each quiz will made up of multiple choice vocabulary words, multiple choice content, and essay questions about the reading assignment for a given week. Each quiz will be worth up to 15 points.
· Midterm. A midterm will be administered on the readings assigned for the first half of the semester. The midterm will be made up of multiple choice vocabulary words, multiple choice content, and essay questions. The midterm will be worth up to 100 points.
· Final. A Final will be administered covering the readings from the entire semester (comprehensive). The final will be made up of multiple choice vocabulary words, multiple choice content, and essay questions. The final will be worth up to 200 points.
· Bi-Weekly Journal Discussion. Each student will be required to volunteer 6 hours of their time at an agency or organization that serves children (These observations can be used as observations for topic areas in the research paper). They will be required to keep a journal about their volunteer service. Each student will enter their journal entry into a discussion thread on e-companion and then will be required to respond to two fellow classmates. The journal entry will need to be a synthesis between the textbook information and the student’s own voluntary experience. Statements like “good job”, “I agree” and so on, will not count. The response must be thoughtful and evaluative. The journal entry discussion thread activity will be worth up to 50 points each.
Entry (Journal Entry tied to Textbook Materials) 30, 1st Response 10, 2nd Response 10.
· Bi-Weekly Group Projects/Case Studies. Each student will be combined with 3 other students. They will make a 4 minute presentation to the class using PowerPoint that selects an aspect of the assigned Case Study and uses the textbook plus 2 research articles from refereed journals to analyze the selected topic. Each pair will be graded as a group. Each Bi-Weekly Group Project/Case Study will be worth up to 50 points.
Group Projects/Case Study Elements
Introduces Aspect of Case Study
PowerPoint is not read to the class as the presentation but offers graphic representation that strengthens presentation. Presentation is 4 minutes long.
1st Reference Analysis (cited on page where used)
2nd Reference Analysis (cited on page where used)
Total per Assignment
Total Points for the Semester
· Classroom Presentation: The classroom presentation will be on the research paper (Core Assessment). This presentation will be detailed report of the student’s findings in the research paper. The classroom presentation will be worth up to 100 points. Each student will present a 5 minute summary of each paper to the class. This will require two forms of media (power point, handout, etc.).
Here is the grading rubric that will be used to grade the Research Paper (Core Assessment) for theis class:
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 5-6 topic areas and corresponding literature.
Observations: Prenatal Development, First Two Years, The Play Years, The School Years, and Adolescence.
GRADING PLAN: Course grades are determined on the following bases.
% for Grade
Bi-Weekly Journal Discussions
Group Projects/Case Studies
Late Submission of Course Materials: Any assignment turned in after the date it is due can be given up to half credit for that assignment. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Ch. 1 N & P
Journal Discussion 1
Martin Luther Kink
Martin Luther King
Modern Developmental Theory
Ch. 2 N & P
Case Study 1
Ch. 3 N & P
Journal Discussion 2, Arguable Claim
Prenatal, Birth, and Postnatal Periods
Ch. 4 N & P
Ch. 1 L & V
Case Study 2
Learning 1: Habituation and Respondent Learning
Ch. 5 N & P
Journal Discussion 3
Ch. 6 N & P
Ch. 2 L & V
Case Study 3
APA References Page
Ch. 7 N & P
Journal Discussion 4
The Development of Communication
Ch. 8 N & P
Ch. 4 L & V
Case Study 4
Quiz 8, Introduction
Personality and the Self
Ch. 9 N & P
Social and Emotional Development
Ch. 10 N & P
Journal Discussion 5
Nicole & Brooke
Ch. 5 L & V
Case Study 5
Development of Antisocial Behaviors
Ch. 11 N & P
Full Research Paper Due (To be submitted in a dropbox in ecompanion)
Quiz 11, Braaten
Journal Discussion 6, Cohee
The Family System
Ch. 12 N & P
Quiz 12, Franklin
Ch. 7 L & V
Case Study 6
Ch. 13 N & P
Quiz 13, Green
Ch. 14 N & P
Quiz 14, Harper, Severa
Behavior Disorders of Childhood
Ch. 15 N & P
Quiz 15, Liles, Underhill
Final from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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