PS 121 Human Growth and Development
S1T 2008 DLB
Buckingham, Wm. Paul
Adjunct Faculty / Senior Instructor
Master of Social WorkLicensed Clinical Social WorkerBoard Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
San Angelo, Texas
17 March--11 May 2008
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Educational Philosophy: I strongly believe in collaborative learning. My philosophy of teaching is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, examinations, web sites and videos. I strongly encourage each student to strive to reach his/her highest potential by reading, questioning, reviewing and discussing.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Each student will write one research paper. Each student will conduct seven 1 hour observations with children, adolescents, and adults in various stages of their development. The following table will show what stages will be required:
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
The First Two Years
The Play Years
The School Years
These observations can occur in any setting where people can be found. Each student will be required to write a paper that will be an analysis of their observations. Each paper will need to have the observation sheets and interview questions and their responses attached as appendixes. The 1 hour used for the observation and interview need to be recorded in your appendix. Each paper will need to be double spaced. Each paper will need to use APA style when citing references and will need an APA style references list. Each paper will need to have 3 references including the textbook. The student will need to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate these observations and the literature that they have cited. The paper will be worth up to 300 points. To see what is required and how the points will be distributed, see the Core Assessment Rubric at the end.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Course Grading Scale
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by the due date for the assignment that week. The assignment due dates will be posted in the weekly announcements uder the course home dial. No credit will be received for work turned in after the week it was due., unless you have contacted me before the due date and explained any special circumstances. I will then decide whether the "special" circumstances are sufficient for late work. Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern. There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the time frame expected.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism. It is important no to take disagreement personally. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness which does not promote learning. Here are online references that discuss online writing http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html .
Week 1: Myth 1, 5-7, Quiz 1, 5-7, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 2: Myth 2, 8-10, Quiz 2, 8-10, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 3: Myth 3, 11-13, Quiz 3, 11-13, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 4: Myth 14-16, Quiz 14-16, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, Return and Report, & Midterm
Week 5: Myth 17-19, Quiz 17-19, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 6: Myth 20-22, Quiz 20-22, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 7: Myth 23-25, Quiz 23-25, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, Return and Report, & Research Paper
Week 8: Myth 4-Epilogue, Quiz 4-Epiilogue, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, Return and Report, & Final
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