ED538 Adult Development

for F2P 2012

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ED 538 Adult Development


F2P 2012 DL


Dailey-Hebert, Amber


Professor of Adult Education


PhD.  - Cornell University
MS - Texas A&M University
BS - Texas A&M University

Office Location

Virtual Office (Skype, phone, or chat)



Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


All readings will be found online.  No texts are required.

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:
ED538 Adult Development: The course will provide learners with information addressing development across adulthood, from age eighteen (18) and older, and examine the ways in which adults change or develop in both shared and individual ways. The course examines adult behavior, life style, crises in adult development, as well as cognitive, personality. And intellectual changes that occur with aging. This knowledge base will assist learners in their reflections regarding growth and development that occur in the live of their adult learners. Prerequisite: ED500

Educational Philosophy:
In all graduate level courses, I wish to emphasize the following components: research, reflection & synthesis, practitioner context, and informed practice, to create a learning environment that promotes each area.  You will find many of the activities in the course are designed in a manner that promotes application of the course materials to your context of practice.  The course structure and design is meant to serve as a framework that provides a baseline of activity and application for all learners to achieve a level of knowledge and mastery in the course topic.


Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and application of learner accommodations and teaching strategies based on the following perspectives: biological, psychological, sociological, cognitive, moral, spiritual, and gender differences;
  2. Explore the implications of changes in biological/cognitive process for adult learners and identify approaches for accommodating such changes in adult learning contexts;
  3. Identify the learning needs of older adults and synthesize research, theory, and practices to create learning solutions;
  4. Examine the sociological impact of adult development in the current context of adult learners and describe, in a reflective paper, how you believe that might be different five years from now;
  5. Apply an understanding of the importance of life span and aging issues as they relate to one's personal and professional life, through case study review and contextual application of current theory research and practice.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

  • Exchange (70 points) During Weeks 1-7, students will complete an Exchange of ideas, resources, and insight. The Exchange assignment will change weekly and include case study analysis, reflection, debate, groupwork, and discussion. Students will receive 10 points each week (during weeks 1-7) . If a student fails to complete these items, no points will be awarded.

    There are two component for each Exchange: 1) individual insight journal entry, and 2) cohort/groupwork. Since teaching and learning are best done in a social context (not a spectator sport) all students should participate in thoughtful discussion online and are expected to post regularly throughout the discussion (one post that shares your ideas will not suffice as “discussion”). I expect: 1) graduate level work, 2) for you to be fully engaged in the discussion with multiple posts, 3) multiple resources/websites to be shared with one another, and 4) multiple references to cited work. This opportunity to exchange concepts, thoughts, and ideas will provide various perspectives on class material and will enable you to learn from the expertise and life experiences of others as well. You will most likely have expertise in a specific area(s) of the course and will hopefully share that expertise with your peers. The quality of your experience will be directly related to your level of motivation and your commitment to review and respond to others' ideas. (See EXCHANGE GRADING RUBRIC in "Doc Sharing" of the course menu - grey menu buttons at the top of the screen).

  • Mastery Assignment (70 points) Each week (weeks 1-7), you will complete a set of review questions - worth 10 points weekly. These questions will revisit key concepts covered during the week and will emphasize important areas for mastery. Students will have opportunity to complete the questions until they master the assignment. Therefore, you should gain full credit for this weekly assignment if completed by the assigned due date. The highest score received on each quiz will be recorded for your final grade.

  • The Final Exam  (75 points) Concepts in Context will be due in Week 8. This finale exam is open-note, open book and is comprised of 25 multiple choice, T/F, and multiple selection questions. It is intended to synthesize all of the information gained in the course, as you reflect upon how you will apply principles of adult development to improve your own instruction of adult learners.


Grading Policy - All grades are determined based on student work submitted in accordance with assignment expectations described above.  All assignments must be completed in full satisfaction, meeting each requirement of the designated and corresponding rubrics. The following point scale is outline below:

A = 193 - 215 points

B = 172 - 192 points

C = 150 - 171 points

F = 149 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 
A Preface: The Adult Learner
3, 5

Online Readings -

The Role of Aging in Adult Learning: Implications for Instructors in Higher Education by David Crawford

Theorizing Adult Development by Carolyn Clark and Rosemary Caffarella

Boomers, Gen-Xer's, and Millenials: Understandingn the New Student by Diana Ellinger

Complete Personal Introduction

Begin Exchange Assignment


Mastery Quiz


Week 2
Exploring Biological Perspectives in Adult Education
1, 2, 3, 5

Online Readings -

Our Complex Human Body: Biological Development Explored by Vivian Mott

Begin Exchange Assignment

Mastery Quiz


Week 3
The Brain, Memory and Cognition
1, 2, 3

Online Readings -

Hyperlink to the readings found in the Week 3 Unit Homepage

Begin Exchange Assignment

Mastery Quiz


Week 4
Exploring Social and Cultural Perspectives in Adult Education
1, 4, 5, 6

Online Readings -

Researching Adult Learners' Lives by Lancaster Literacy Research Center

Racial and Ethnic Identity and Development by Alicia Fedelina Chavez and Florence Guido-DiBrito

Begin Exchange Assignment

Complete Mid-Term Evaluation 

Mastery Quiz


Week 5
Exploring Psychological Perspectives in Adult Education
1, 4, 6

Online Readings -


* NOTE: Those contracting for an "A" or "B", the annotated bibliography is due by midnight Sunday, CST of Week 5

Begin Exchange Assignment

Mastery Quiz


Week 6
Gender Differences
1, 4, 6

Online Guest Panel

Audio is located in Week 6 Lecture


Begin Exchange Assignment

Mastery Quiz


Week 7
Ethics and the Spiritual Perspective
1, 4, 6

Online Readings -

Spirituality in Adult and Higher Education by Elizabeth J. Tisdell

Adult Moral Development, Experience and Education by Sheryl Armon

 Begin Exchange Assignment

Mastery Quiz


Week 8
5, 6

Development and Learning: Themes and Conclusions by Rosemary S. Caffarella & M. Carolyn Clark Synthesis Discussion

Final Exam


Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

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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