To foster a productive classroom community, discussion posts are assessed. Each week you will have two discussions worth 15 points each. You earn points for your original, thoughtful post and for responding with substance to at least two posts from your classmates. Your posts should develops a central point, idea, or thesis that is clearly defined and supported by concrete substantial and relevant evidence. Your posts should clearly depict that you have read all assigned readings and properly cite the resource your opinions are based on (whether it’s the textbook or an outside resource). Your posts should be organized in paragraphs that are unified, coherent, and effective, with transitions between ideas. The sentences should be correctly constructed, logical and
Your original post is due by 11:59 PM on Friday and all responses are due by 11:59 PM Central Time on Sunday (except Week 8 when all work is due Thursday/Saturday).
During Weeks 1-3, you will be given a set of topics to choose from, all of which are areas of difficulty during adolescent development. Research your chosen topic in the Stafford Library and find a scholarly article that describes a proposed solution or intervention to the issue you’ve chosen. Once you have identified an article, write a 1-2 page response. In the first section, describe what the problem is and what the article says about helping adolescents with your chosen issue. In the second section, explain whether you agree with this solution, then explain why or why not, basing your opinion on solid theories and specific details from your readings. Lastly, explain what you would do differently, why you would make that choice, and what you believe the results would be based on the knowledge you have gained in this course. The main goal is to analyze what research says about dealing with adolescent development issues, compare that to the textbook, then develop your own choices as a result of research and theory.
Papers are to be written in basic APA format: double-spaced, 1 inch margins, and 12 pt Times New Roman font (or other highly readable font). Any resources (including the textbook and outside resources) should be cited in APA format. You are not required to have a title page or abstract. All papers need to be original. Papers written by you in a previous class or session are not acceptable.
Intervention Program Analysis
During Week 4, you will be given 3 different cases to choose from that outline programs devised to help with biological, cognitive, and social changes during adolescence. Once you have chosen a case, you will create all of the following.
Program Review (Week 4)
After reading the information provided in the Content Area on the program you have chosen, you will write a 1-2 page paper describing the program and its aims, then analyze how effective you think it will be based on your knowledge from the textbook on adolescent development.
Research Review (Week 5)
After reading a research study on the effectiveness of this program, you will write a 1-2 page paper summarizing the research findings, comparing the results to your predictions, then provide further analysis using your knowledge of adolescent development to explain why the program did or did not succeed.
Analysis and Conclusions (Weeks 6 and 7)
Now it’s time to propose your solution. What does the program need to be more effective with adolescents? Does it require a few minor tweaks or does it need a complete overhaul? Your final analysis needs to be between 2-4 pages in length and should display your knowledge of best practices to help adolescents successfully navigate behavioral, cognitive, and social transitions. You will make your rough draft available for peer review during Week 6 and your final draft will be due at the end of Week 7.
It should be written in basic APA format: double-spaced, 1 inch margins, and 12 pt Times New Roman font (or other highly readable font). Any resources (including the textbook and outside resources) should be cited in APA format. It should include a title page and abstract. All papers need to be original. Papers written by you in a previous class or session are not acceptable.
During Weeks 1-7, there will be a quiz over the week’s readings. The quiz will contain 15 questions worth 2 points each with a 45 minute time limit. You will get only one attempt, so while you may use your book as a reference to check your answers, you will not have enough time to look up every answer!
Part 1 of the final exam will be a 50 question, comprehensive multiple-choice proctored exam with a two hour time limit. You will not be allowed to use your books or any outside materials and is due by 11:59 PM Central Time on Saturday of Week 8.
Part 2 of the final will be a 5 question, short essay exam that requires you to apply the theories you have learned. At the beginning of the week, a document will be made available in the content area for you to download. Once you have answered all the questions, save your document and upload it to the proper dropbox by 11:59 PM Central Time on Saturday of Week 8.