EDE205 Child Psychology

for S2T 2012

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PS 205 / ED 205 Child Psychology


S2T 2012 DL


Kerkman, Dennis D.


Professor, Department of Psychology & Sociology/Parkville Campus


B.A. Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
M.S. Psychology, University of Georgia at Athens, GA
Ph.D. Developmental & Child Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Office Location


Office Hours

via email dkerkman@park.edu

Daytime Phone




Web Page


Semester Dates

Monday, March 19, 2012 - Sunday, May 13, 2012

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



Martin, C.L & Fabes, R. (2009). Discovering Child development (2nd Ed.). Wadsworth Centage Learning.Belmont, CA.
Note: This text is available online as an eBook, which can be purchased 1 chapter at a time.  Since we will only be covering the first 12 chapters, this will save you some money.

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Course Description:

Child Psychology

A study of biological, cognitive, and sociocultural development from the prenatal period through childhood. Attention will be given to theory and research, practical examples and policy implications. 3:0:3  PS 205 (ED 205).

Educational Philosophy:

FACULTY'S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: I believe in the educational philosophy of John Dewey, the father of educational psychology: "Learning by doing".

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize the vocabulary of child psychology.
  2. Critically examine the principles of biological, cognitive and sociocultural development.
  3. Explain the theoretical principles of child psychology.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of research method used to study children.
  5. Gather, evaluate, and communicate information effectively.
  6. Demonstrate high quality written and oral communication skills through interaction with other students and the instructor in a structured, flexible environment.
  7. Identify the effect public policy has on children.

Core Assessment:

·        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:

Topic Area

Data Collection

Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview

Prenatal Development and Birth

Literature Review


The First 2 Years


3 Hours

The Play Years


3 Hours

The School Years


3 Hours



3 Hours

Public Policy –Child Development

Literature Review


Views of Child Development in different cultures.

Literature Review


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)

Critical Thinking




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.

Technical Skills




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.



Class Assessment:


Core Assessment -
Research Paper :
Each student will write one research paper, divided into two parts.  The first part will be the Introduction to your research paper, and will be due at the end of Week 3.  The second part will be the Method, Results, Discussion, References, Figure Captions, and the Figure (graph) itself. 

Before you turn in the final version of the research paper, which is due at the end of Week 7, you will copy your corrected version of the first part of your paper to the second part, so that the final research paper includes a Title page, Abstract page, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References, Figure Captions, and at least one Figure. Each student will conduct three 3-hour observations with children at three stages of their development: Infancy (0-2 years), the play years (2-5 years), and the School years (5-12 years). 

The paper will be worth 100 points, 50 points for Part 1 (introduction and review of the literature), and 50 points for Part 2 (Method, Results, Discussion, References, Figure captions, and Figures). 

Details for this assignment are under Week 1 - Research Paper Overview. This includes guidelines and points awarded for each part of the assignment.

Additionally, in Week 3 the details for Part 1 are repeated. And in Week 7 the details for Part 2 are repeated.

PowerPoint Presentation:
You will create a summary of your Research Paper using PowerPoint. A description of how to build the PPT and how many points each section is worth is in Week 7.

The PPT will be posted to the Dropbox for the instructor. It will also be posted to Doc Sharing so your classmates can download it to review the results of your research paper. The PowerPoints will be used as a basis for the Discussion topic in Week 8.

Each week you are required to participate in a discussion. The discussion questions are intended to stimulate interactions between students concerning that week’s topics, and to relate them to current events, or ethical concerns. 

You should post your response to the question by midnight on Wednesdays, making sure that your response directly addresses the question. You can earn up to a maximum of 5 points for your initial response to the question. There is no “correct” answer to these discussion questions: they are intended to encourage you to express your point of view on an issue relevant to the week’s topics.

Your grade will not be based on the position that you take, but only on your ability to express your view clearly (grammar counts) and to support it with logic and evidence. You should include a quote from your text and an APA-style reference to your text that includes the page number where the quote can be found. 

You are also required to reply to at least one other student’s post by midnight on Sundays.  You can earn up to a maximum of 5 additional points for your reply to the other student’s post.

There is a discussion area in Week 3 that will allow you to post your project topic and any questions or concerns you may have about the assignment. The Instructor will provide feedback. This is not part of your Core Assessment grade. 

For Week 8 the Discussion will be about your Research Paper. This will be based on the the PowerPoint Summary you turned in beginning in Week 7 (see above).

Weekly Quizzes:
Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 have quizzes based on that week's chapters from the textbook. They are worth 20 points each. There is also a Practice quiz each week that you can take as many times as you want. The Practice Quiz is NOT graded.

Midterm Exam:
Week 4 has the Midterm Exam. It has 50 Multiple Choice questions. It is worth 50 points.

Final Exam:
Week 8 has the Proctored Final Exam. It is 100 Multiple Choice questions covering the assigned textbook chapters. There is a Practice Final Exam in Week 7 that you can take as many times as you want. The Practice Final Exam is NOT graded.




Possible Points

Total Points

Total %


10 pts each




20 pts each



Research Report Pt.1



Midterm Exam   50 10.6

Research Report Pt.2



PowerPoint Presentation   20  4.2

Final Exam









Number of Points



423 - 470

90 - 100%


376 - 422

80 - 89.9%


329 - 375

70 - 79.9%


282 - 328

60 - 69.9%


0 - 281

00 - 59.9%

 Note: Grades will not be rounded. 423 points is an “A”, but 422 points is a “B”.  I have to draw the line somewhere, so I'm doing it now and telling you in advance.  This will not change.  Please don't ask   :-)


Park University requires that a proctored final examination be taken by students, in person, in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week for all Online undergraduate level courses. This exam must be taken at any of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location (under certain circumstances). For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 

You are strongly encouraged to locate a testing center that has computers, so that you can take the electronic version of the final exam (located in your course under Week 8). The electronic version has several advantages for you, especially the fact that you will get instant feedback on your score as soon as you submit it. Otherwise, if you take the paper-and-pencil version, it has to be faxed back to the instructor and graded by hand. This is slower and more prone to grading errors.

Students are responsible for arranging a proctor for their final exam(s). Students can access the Park University Online Proctor Request form, http://proctor.park.edu to request their proctor beginning Week 2 of the term. The deadline for proctor approvals is the Friday of Week 6. FAILURE TO DO THIS WILL RESULT IN AN "F" FOR THE COURSE.

Late Submission of Course Materials:


It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submitt assignments after the scheduled due date. The following is a list of valid reasons for submitting late work:

  • A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and illnesses must be verified by a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., R.N., Ph.D., MSW, or D.C. I will acccept late work for students who can provide evidence of a verified medical emergency (but not acute illness) involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent.
  • An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to accept late work due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).
  • Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney to accept late work due to jury or witness duty.
  • Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer.
  • Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, first cousins). I will require a copy of the obituary or a note from a minister or funeral director.

 Late reseach reports will be penalized 15% for each day that the assignment is late. Beware!

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash, emails bounce back, and servers go down.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, sent email folder, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.  
2. A university must be first and foremost, a place for the free and frank exchange of ideas.  The pursuit of academic excellence can only take place in an atmosphere of mutual respect.  We all have the right to use logic and evidence to disagree with each other's positions, but none of us has the right to make derogatory or harassing statements or actions against any other member of this class.  The only thing I will not tolerate in this class is intolerance or disrespect for others.
3. Student misconduct during classes will not be tolerated.  Students who, in the judgment of the Instructor, behave in a way that is disruptive or disrespectful to the instructor or other students will have their semester grade reduced by an amount to be determined by the instructor.  They may also face disciplinary action as provided under the terms specified in the Park University Catalog.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Threaded Discussion initial entries are due by Wednesday Midnight CST, all responses should be complete by Sunday Midnight CST.

All Assignments are due no later than Sunday Midnight CST. (Unless otherwise noted)


WEEK 1 (March 19-March 25)

WEEK 2 (March 26-April 1)

  • Submit your introduction
  • Read Chapters 1 & 2
  • View PPTs
  • Discussion - 10 pts
  • Quiz - 20 pts
  • Read Chapters 3 & 4
  • View PPTs 
  • Discussion - 10 pts
  • Quiz - 20 pts

WEEK 3 (April 2-April 8)

WEEK 4 (April 9 - April 15)

  • Read Chapters 5 & 6 
  • View PPTs
  • 1st half of Research Paper Due
  • Discussion - 10 pts
  • Quiz - 20 pts
  • Read Chapters  7 & 8
  • View PPTs
  • Discussion - 10 pts
  • Midterm - 50 pts

WEEK 5 (April 16-April 22)

WEEK 6 (April 23-April 29)

  • Read Chapters 9 & 10
  • View PPTs
  • Discussion - 10 pts
  • Quiz - 20 pts
  • Proctor Form Due
  • Read Chapters 11 & 12
  • View PPTs
  • Watch Tutorials
  • Discussion - 10 pts
  • Quiz - 20 pts

WEEK 7 (April 30-May 6)

WEEK 8 (May 7-May 13)

  • Read Chapter 13
  • View PPTs
  • Discussion - 10 pts
  • Research Paper Due - 250 pts
  • Read Lecture
  • Discussion - 10 pts
  • PPT Presentation - 20 pts
  • Final Exam - 100 pts

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
Listing a reference in the References Section of your paper is NOT sufficient. You must also cite it in the body of the text. If you use more than 5 consecutive words that someone else wrote, you must put in quotes and list the author's name, year published, and page number, or else it is plagiarism (APA Style rule).

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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 .

Additional Information:

See eCollege course Doc Sharing and / or Webliography for handouts, samples, internet links, etc.


Please test the internet links in the Weekly Discussions (also stored in Webliography) to be sure your computer has the proper video software to view and hear them properly.  You may need to download QuickTime and/or Flash Player (each is free) to view these. See Course Home, Texbook for more information on downloading video software .


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