DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Synposis of Course Syllabus
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Berger, Kathleen. (2016). Invitation to the Lifespan, 3rd ed., New York: Worth Publishers.
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Required Supplementary Texts
Brown, B., Larson, R. & T.S. Saraswathi. (2002). The world’s youth: Adolescence in eight regions of the globe. Cambridge:
Miller, Lisa. (2015). The spiritual child: The new science on parenting for health and lifelong thriving. New York: St. Martin's Press.
King, Rosalyn (2008). Enriching the lives of children: Creating meaningful and novel stimulus experiences to promote
cognitive, moral and emotional development. Cambridge, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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(You can also order online from the publisher at: www.c-s-p.org
Recommended Supplementary Texts
American Psychological Association. (2014). Concise Rules of APA Style. Wash. DC: APA.
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
The development of the individual is an exciting process beginning with the rapid metamorphoses of cells at
conception and continuing through intricate changes of growth and aging. The study of development is also intriguing
because each of us, and everyone we care about, is constantly developing. Therefore, this course embraces
both scientific discoveries and personal insights.
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 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, this 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 objectives are set for
1. CURIOSITY: To develop and nurture a desire to learn more about development. This curiosity should
be demonstrated through an enthusiasm for exploring information and knowledge set forth in the textbook
as well as discovering and examining supplementary reading material and research studies.
2. APPRECIATION: To appreciate the complexities and subtleties of change across the life span,
to appreciate individual differences.
3. KNOWLEDGE: To become knowledgeable of the current research findings and guidelines about human
development which contributes to empowerment and individual growth and
4. UNDERSTANDING: To learn the basic theories, concepts, principles, approaches and recommended
strategies that comprise the body of knowledge about development.
5. APPLICATION: To apply the knowledge gained to your professional and everyday life.
6. ENJOYMENT: To enjoy the process of dialogue, exploration, inquiry, and learning in this course.
This course covers both segments of Psychology 231 and 232 (Lifespan Developmental Science) in one semester
instead of two. Therefore, this will be an intense course as the pace will be rapid.
The course will focus on an overview and history of the field of developmental psychology, the critical questions
and issues permeating the field, and the pertinent theories. It will provide an overview of development across the lifespan
and include discussions of conception and prenatal development, infants and toddlers, early and middle childhood,
adolescence, young and middle adulthood, and mature (or late) adulthood and the processes of aging. In addition,
explorations will be made of the final transitional period of dying and death.
Classes will meet at the regularly scheduled time. There will be 16 class sessions. A detailed class schedule is attached.
This course will use a combination of activities in the classroom including lecture, discussion, critiques of books
and periodicals, 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
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.
GRADED ASSIGNMENTS AND PRODUCTS
This course allows you to learn and engage in course material in a variety of formats. Likewise, your graded assignments
will include a combination of formats. These include a formal written examination, 3 book reports, several written reflection papers
and participation in a formal symposium in oral and digital presentation format. Below is a breakdown of your assignments.
I. Overview of Development, Infants and Toddlers,
Written Exam, Chapters 1-4--Up to 100 Points
II. Childhood: 2 Oral Book Reports and 1 Written Reflection
Part 1: Miller Book–Up to 40 Points
Part 2: King Book-Up to 40 Points
Written Reflections on Childhood–20 Points
III. Adolescence: 1 Oral Book Report and 1 Written Reflection
Part 1: The World’s Youth–50 Points
Part 2: Written Reflections on Adolescence–50 Points
IV.Young, Middle and Mature Adulthood: Reflection Papers
Part 1: Emerging and Young and Middle Adulthood-25 Points
Part 2: Middle Adulthood-25 Points
Part 3: Mature Adulthood, Centenarians,Dying and Death-50 Points
V. Symposium on Development
Digital Presentations (Group Projects)–100 Points
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Student Performance Record-Psy 230 - Spring Semester (PDF)
Opening Class Summary and One-Minute Motivator
College Resources Information Sheet
Guidelines and Rubrics for Projects
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Guidelines-Portfolio Development - Student Packet (PDF)
Guidelines-Poster Presentations (PDF)
Guidelines-Reflective Journal - Student Packet (PDF)
Guidelines - Service Learning - Student Packet (PDF)
Making the Grade in Group Presentations (PDF)
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