PSYCHOLOGY 231 - 232
LIFESPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
PSYCHOLOGY 235-Child Psychology
Berger, Kathleen S. (2011).The developing person: Through the lifespan. (8th Edition). New York: Worth Publishers.
Required: E-book & Access Card to the Development Portal.
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without the textbook, which entitles you to the Online E-book and all Online Resources (**Recommended)
Purchase the psychology e-text online above.
Brown, B., Larson, R. & T.S. Saraswathi. (2002). The world's youth: Adolsecence in eight regions of the globe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (For Psychology 232-Order online below.)
Coles, Robert. (1997). The moral intelligence of children: How to raise a moral child. New York: Random House. (For Psychology 231).
Erickson, Erik. (1968). Young man Luther. New York: Norton. (For Psychology 232).
King, Rosalyn (2006). Enriching the lives of children.
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American Psychological Association. (2010). Concise rules of APA style. Wash. DC: APA.
Freiberg, Karen L. (Editor). Annual editions: Human development 13/14 . Connecticut: Dushkin/McGraw-Hill, 2009.
Goals and Objectives
The field of lifespan developmental psychology represents a relatively new approach to a longstanding interest in how people change with age. This course will examine the pertinent theories about development and discuss the findings from research, which reveal solutions, approaches, experimental and clinical evidence from measurement and testing.
THIS IS NOT A THERAPY COURSE. It is not designed to discuss your current or personal problems or perspectives, per se, in the classroom or to find immediate solutions to them. We will, however, discuss application of theoretical information in great detail.
This course is designed for you to learn about the best that the field has to offer regarding guidelines, approaches, interpretations and solutions relative to the development of human potential across each phase of the lifespan. And, as a result, the course will contribute to your gaining new knowledge, understanding and the discovery of solutions to any current problems. Implications for application to everyday life will be drawn from the exploration of theories, research, and discussion. With this in mind, the following are the objectives of the course:
1. CURIOSITY: To develop and nurture a desire to learn more about development.
2. APPRECIATION: To appreciate the complexities and subtleties of change across the lifespan, and to appreciate
3. UNDERSTANDING: To learn the basic theories, concepts, principles, approaches and recommended strategies,
that comprise the body of knowledge about development.
4. APPLICATION: To apply the knowledge gained to your professional and everyday life.
5. KNOWLDEGE: To acquire new knowledge on the pertinent guidelines important for nurturing and maintaining,
monitoring and encouraging individual growth and development.
6. ENJOYMENT: To enjoy the process of dialogue, exploration, inquiry, and learning in this course.
The first phase of this two semester course will focus on an overview and history of the field of developmental psychology and the critical questions and issues permeating the field. In addition, the course covers 5 of the developmental periods of the lifespan: conception and prenatal development, infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood, and a brief overview of early adolescence.
The second phase of the course will focus on the developmental periods of adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, and mature (or late) adulthood. In addition, explorations will be made of the final transitional period of dying and death.
Policies, Procedures and Course Requirements
This course will use a combination of activities in the classroom including lecture, discussion, group work, cooperative and collaborative learning, public forums, formal debates, media presentations, etc.
The time constraints on this course are such that your professor may not be able to lecture on all aspects of your readings. YOU WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MATERIAL ASSIGNED IN YOUR TEXT OR SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS. Students are expected to read the assigned chapter(s)and any assigned readings before class and come to class prepared to participate. Individual students or groups of students may be asked to make special presentations in class periodically.
Required Written Assignments and Projects
Research Paper: You will be required to develop a theoretically oriented research paper. This paper can also include an applied side; that is, you may incorporate some action-oriented research, observation or field work into the research analysis.
The area of focus for your paper should be on one of the phases of development being covered during the semester(e.g.prenatal development, infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, etc.). Ideally, your research should on an area of development that you are most interested in or have plans to pursue in your professioanl career, or want to know more about as a parent or professional. This paper should be taken very seriously, and work on the research should begin early in the semester.
You will be required to develop an outline of your paper and submit it for approval by your professor. You should also be prepared to discuss your thinking about your research with your professor. Make an appointment to meet with her. A good time for arranging this appointment is during the development of your initial outline prior to its submission.
Projects: You also may develop a portfolio, photographic essay, video production or some other creative project. Your project should be similar to the requirements for a research paper. You may also include all developmental periods covered during the semester, for example, in a portfolio or photographic essay. However, you may also focus on one specific developmental period.
(1) PORTFOLIO development will include a collection of articles and objects that are examples of concepts, theories, and information learned during the semester. The portfolio collection will illustrate what you have learned and how what you illustrate is connected to what you have learned. The portfolio can include articles, editorials, photographs, videoclips, interviews, exhibits, etc. Each item, article or object included in your portfolio must have a brief written narrative and you will be required to present your portfolios to the class during one of the open forums. If you are interested in portfolio development, you should request written guidelines from your professor along with the criteria on how portfolios are evaluated.
(2) FIELDWORK can include field observation in a school, classroom, or other educational or developmental setting such as daycare center, nursery, preschool, kindergarten, alternative program, hospital, and so forth. You may also interview developmental psychologists, professionals or researchers.
If you are currently working in a developmental setting, you may use your setting for research. Your field experience must be prefaced with a review of the related literature. This review will provide the background information necessary to prepare for the fieldwork and to develop your field research questions. Therefore, your background research should be conducted prior to your going into the field. If you are interested in fieldwork, you should request written guidelines from your professor on preparing for fieldwork, including negotiating entry, observation methods, interview methods, field questions, preparing reports and how to exit the field site.
3) SERVICE LEARNING
is an opportunity to do 8-16 hours of community service in a psychology-human development related setting. Service learning programs involve students in organized community service that addresses local needs while at the same time developing your academic skills and sense of civic responsibility and commitment to the community. You serve and learn. In this regard, you will select an organization related to the areas of life span human development that we will be covering. You are responsible for finding and negotiating entry into an organization for your service. The Loudoun County Office of Volunteer Services can also help you. They can provide you with a directory of volunteer opportunities. You can contact them at (703) 777-0113 or locate their web page at: www.state.va.us/Loudoun/C-volop
. You also may contact the Volunteer Services Office in Fairfax County at (703) 246-3460. You are required to write a description of your service or produce a photographic essay and journal, or you can produce a videotape of your service. You also are required to discuss the significance of your service to your personal, professional and academic development. Students must also address how the service is related to lifespan human development content covered in class during the semester. Your selection of service should be related to the areas covered during this semester. If you are interested in participating in service learning, please obtain written guidelines from your instructor.
GRADING CRITERIA: All papers and reports will be read and evaluated based on a set of criteria and a point system totalling 100 points. Criteria will include: organization and format (10 points); clarity/quality of content (25 points); typed paper with cover page (10 points); documentation and citation of data sources in text, or review and discussion of literature, or thinking and analysis displayed (25 points); thoroughness and conciseness of content (20 points); and inclusion of a bibliography (10 points).
All projects will be evaluated using a different set of criteria as indicated on your guidelines handout for each type of project.
As a way of sharing research and knowledge, the course offers students the opportunity to participate in scholarly forums. Each semester forums are held on each phase of the lifespan where students can present their research findings. In Psy 231, there are 2 forums: 1) on genetics, conception, prenatal development and infancy and toddlerhood; and 2) on early and middle childhood. In Psy 232, there are 3 forums: 1) on adolescent development 2) young and middle adulthood; and 3) mature adulthood, aging, dying and death. Student papers are presented and guest experts speak during these forums.
These forums are student coordinated and run. Student teams have the responsibility of identifying guest speakers and preparing abstracts of the presenters' research findings for dissemination to the class. These forums are open to the college and campus community and to invited guests of students.
Students who are interested in a particular phase of the lifespan must be prepared to present their research at the time of that particular forum. Students are encouraged to divide themselves proportional to the class size between the forums. The formal paper also should be ready to submit at the time of the forum, but the instructor will allow students to submit a draft paper initially. The final paper must be submitted within the next week.
Any topical subjects, such as domestic violence, rape, Alzheimer's disease, etc. should be specific to a developmental period rather than a general paper.
If you are developing a portfolio that includes articles or items from each phase of the life span covered during the semester, you may present at the last forum or divide your presentation between the relevant forums and submit your final portfolio for evaluation at the last forum.
Use of Creativity and Innovativeness
You can be as creative and imaginative as you wish during your presentation at the forum. You can use videos, overheads, handouts, or other forms of media. Student presenters should consider this experience as participation in a formal conference where participants are coming to learn new information. Therefore, you should behave and conduct your presentation accordingly. Your topic and an abstract of your presentation/paper should be provided to the instructor and your forum coordinator the week before the forum for inclusion in the program.
Invitation to Guest Participants
Course students can invite the public, parents, other students and guests to attend these forums. One or two students will be asked to volunteer from the group of presenters to serve as Forum Coordinator(s). THE COORDINATOR WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING STUDENTS, DEVELOPING THE PROGRAM, ADVERTISING THE FORUM TO THE CAMPUS AND PUBLIC,AND IDENTIFYING AND INVITING EXPERT GUEST SPEAKERS.
FORMAL DEBATE (Psychology 231 & 235 Only)
Students who have a desire to cultivate their thinking, speaking and writing skills have the opportunity to participate in a formal debate on a development issue selected by class members and debate teams. This debate requires research and preparation time outside of class. The research produced to develop your arguments can also be used for your required research paper or project.
The debate will be a formal production and will be judged by a team of faculty members.The actual debate also is videotaped for students to review.
A student also acts as moderator for the debate and opens up the debate with an overview of the question, issues and research. Guest experts may be invited to serve on the panel of judges and to speak on the issue following the debate.
Students who participate in the debate will not be required to participate in the student forums.
There will be a total of three examinations. Examinations will include many forms- written, oral, book reports and commnunity projects. All written essay exams must be submitted typewritten. No handwritten responses will be accepted. No make-up exams are given unless there is an extreme emergency. You should provide written verification of any emergency to your professor in order to re-schedule an exam. The exam has to be taken within the next week of the date missed. PLEASE ALLOW TWO WEEKS FOR THE RETURN OF EXAMS.
You may substitute an exam with a creative portfolio or exhibit that demostrates your learning in the areas assigned for examination. You must get prior permission from your professor to substitute a portfolio for an exam.
This assignment must cover the chapters or areas to be covered during the examination period and adhere to the guidelines set-forth for portfolio development.
GUIDELINES FOR ALL PAPERS
All papers, reports will be read and evaluated based on a set of criteria and a point system totaling 100 points. Criteria will include: organization and format (10 points); clarity/quality of content (25 points); typed paper with cover page (10 points); documentation and citation of data sources in text, or review and discussion of literature, or thinking and analysis displayed (25 points); thoroughness and conciseness of content (20 points); and inclusion of a bibliography (10 points). All other projects will be evaluated using a set of criteria as indicated on your guidelines handout for each type of project. All papers should be typewritten.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism can be defined as presenting the ideas or words of another as one’s own. Any information taken directly from a source should be credited to that author and/or source in a footnote. Even if you are paraphrasing an author’s idea, you should give credit to that author. A paper written without any citation of sources in the body will be suspect and you could be accused of plagiarism. Please be careful and ethical in this regard. Also list all your citations on your reference page.
Your paper should include a cover page, with your name, course, instructor's name, type of paper or project and topic of paper. Also indicate the number of the project. Such as: Portfolio for Exam #1, etc. Your paper should be submitted on time. Papers will not be accepted after the due date. Papers should be between 5-8 pages in length. PAPERS SHOULD NOT BE OVER 10 PAGES.
Regarding Sources From The Internet:
All sources taken from the Internet should be appropriately cited. Please consult the research manuals on reserve in the library, the APA Style page on their web site, or the sources listed in the web course for the proper written citation of Internet sources. You may not solely use the Internet for the sources included in your paper. Internet sources may not amount to more than half the sources used in your paper. Your professor strongly recommend you carefully screen the articles selected from the Internet for their validity and credibility. While the Internet is an invaluable resource, there are many reports that are not credible there also. If you are unclear about an article’s validity, please check with your instructor before using it.
It is required that you use the official American Psychological Association (APA) format for your written papers and projects in this class. Several manuals are located in the library. The source is entitled: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (Sixth Edition).
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009. The research paper must include citation of bibliographic data sources - in the body of the paper and on a reference page at the end of the paper. It is advised that you begin early in the semester learning the APA format as you will be heavily penalized for using any other form. You can also go to the APA web site to get examples of how to cite data sources including sources from the Internet and how to put a reference page together at: http://www.apastyle.org.
On this page find the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. You also can purchase online your own copy of: Mastering APA Style for Students.
Another critical formatting requirement is that you must include subtitles in the body of your paper. Please do not submit a running paper. If you need more direction on this point, please make an appointment to meet with me. All papers will be read and evaluated based on the set of criteria listed above.
For this class, you are responsible for four products and therefore will have a total of four grades. Your course grade will be determined by adding raw scores from all assignments and examinations and computing the average score. Therefore, every assignment is important. IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE EVERY GRADE. MISSING ANY GRADE ASSIGNMENT CAN RESULT IN YOUR FAILING THIS COURSE. The grading system is as follows:
59 & Below F
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION
Students are expected to attend all class sessions except in cases of emergency (e.g., illness, death in the family), the advent of religious holidays - the observance of which requires restriction of daily activity, or when participating in official college functions (e.g., field trips or other designated events):
In these cases, you are to inform the instructor prior to missing class as to the reason for your anticipated absence. In the case of absence for special personal reasons other than those mentioned, it is your responsibility to confer with the instructor as to whether the absence is to be considered as excused.
Students may be penalized for an excessive number of absences and reported to the Counseling Center and Dean of Students.
Attendance and participation may be factored into all grades. Points may be deducted from the total grade for persons with poor class attendance. PUNCTUALITY FOR CLASS ALSO IS IMPORTANT.
You can receive a number of bonus points to be added to your final average at the end of the semester for your participation in a variety of related class activities during the semester. You can download the Student Performance Record from this course website and keep up with your performance and points earned in this class.
1. Class Summaries
Students will be asked to volunteer (or randomly selected) to summarize the activities and discussion of the previous class based on their notes, understanding or analysis. This summary takes place at the beginning of each class. The assigned student will be responsible for providing their own thinking and analysis of information covered in the previous class and to discuss how the material discussed can be applied to everyday life. Each student assigned to provide the summary should also be prepared to bring a one minute motivator to class to energize your classmates. This one-minute motivator could be a poem, a game, a puzzle, some physical activity, a song, a quotation or something innovative and creative from your imagination. The beginning of class is also a time that you may share with the class an article or study you have read related to the topic of discussion.
2. Class Presentations
Students may be asked to make special presentations or share thinking or written assignments. All students are required to make a brief presentation of their research paper/project to the class during the topical forums. This is an opportunity for all of us to benefit from your research by sharing information, knowledge and scientific data.
3. Creating an Ideal Learning Environment
We are confident that you will continue to make every effort to help create a warm, friendly, courteous, respectful, and positive learning environment for all in the classroom. Please turn off cell phones and take your hat off when entering the classroom. Talking with classmates during class lectures and discussion will not be tolerated. This also is disruptive and disrespectful to your instructor and your classmates. Regardless of the clock, please wait until the instructor indicates that the class has ended before closing books, gathering belongings, putting on coats, etc. This is disrespectful and disruptive to others.
4. Honor Code and Pledge Statement
Embodying the ideals of academic honesty, integrity and responsible citizenship is at the core of the foundation of all academic work and student conduct here at NVCC and most other colleges and universities. Enrollment at NVCC presupposes a commitment to the principles embodied in these codes and a respect for the tradition of integrity and honesty. Your participation in this course comes with my full expectation that your work will be completed in full observance and respect of the Honor Code. Academic dishonesty in any form is unacceptable and is a breach in academic integrity. However small, such dishonesty would be destructive to the College’s life and work. As a result, the following statement is required to be attached to all submitted papers and projects:
“In this paper, every opinion from someone else has been properly credited (whether it is a direct quotation enclosed in quotation marks, a summary, or a paraphrase). All factual information (common knowledge or uncontested knowledge), though not credited in any way, has been stated in my own words. In using factual information, I have not copied entire sentences or portions of sentences in the exact words of another. This paper is my own work. No one has helped me in the organization or writing of this paper. I have read the complete assignment.”
5. Outside Assistance
Students are encouraged to use the many services offered by the college to assist and support your academic work. This includes the counseling center, the writing center, the tutoring center, among others. These services are available to you at no cost to provide assistance and support. Meetings may also be arranged with the instructor during office hours or by appointment.
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Psychology 231, 232, and 235
Course Syllabus- FALL 2012 & SPRING 2013
Lifespan Human Development I & II-Psy 231-232 & Psychology 235-Child Psychology,
Class Schedule-Lifespan Human Development I-Psy 231 & 235, Fall 2013
Student Performance Record
Student Performance Record-Psy 231-232-235 - Fall Semester (PDF)
First Day of Class Handouts
First Day Handouts for Psy 231 & Psy 235