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Thursday, October 4, 2012

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

PSY 215, Stone *ts

Instructor's Name: Debbie Stone
Instructor e-mail: dstone@pcc.edu
Instructor's Phone: 971-722-5248
Instructor's Location: Cascade
Refer to me as: Debbie
Preferred contact: e-mail
Course no. or title: Psychology 215, Human Development
Course CRN: 41965
# of students: 30
ADA provisions needed: no
Preferred Date: 2012-10-02
Alternate Date: 2012-10-04
Preferred Time: 3:00 pm
Alternate Time: 4:00 pm
Duration: 50
If other:
Do you need time to discuss non-library matters with your class on the day of
library instruction? No
If yes please specify:
Assignment description and sample topics:
Research Summary Essay—Instructions (Psychology 215, fall 2012)
Meet during class 2 times with a small group of other students interested in
the same stage of development that you choose. The purpose of meeting is to
brainstorm topics and help each other decide on a sub-topic within the stage
of development. Each member will select a different sub-topic for the stage
of development that the group has chosen and write their own essay. Examples
of sub-topics for each stage of development are below, but feel free to get
creative. Research something you are interested in and have fun. Students
are encouraged to use the lens of gender, culture, economic class, or sexual
orientation to do this project if they so wish. You will read your essay on
the day that we cover your stage of development, and this is listed on the

Examples of Sub-topics:
1. Prenatal Development – (Prenatal Development & Paternal
Bonding/Involvement; Yoga and Prenatal
Development; Naturopathic Prenatal Care; Prenatal Nutrition…)

2. Infancy – age 0-1 year (Postpartum depression; Parent/Infant bonding;
Development of Emotions…)

3. Early Childhood Development – age 1-5 years
(Overall development of an age--2,3,4, or 5 year olds; play therapy; child
acquisition; motor skills in toddlers; gender roles; cultural comparison
of childhood development…)

4. Middle Childhood – age 6-10 (friends, learning disabilities; social
influence on development;
development of conscience and morality…)

5. Adolescent Development (Issues of sexuality, the teenage brain;
adolescence and drug use; teenage
parenting; harnessing the idealism of adolescents….)

The essay is to be no longer than one page, typed and double spaced. You
must use 3 sources, one a peer reviewed article, one a book, and one may be
an on-line source. Print out and turn in the peer reviewed article with your
essay. Write the summary in your own voice but please remember that this is a
research summary and not your own opinion. If you use terminology that your
classmates might not be familiar with, please explain these terms. Use APA
style and cite your sources clearly within the essay and with a works cited
page. You will read the essay to the class while sitting.

TIPS on acceptable academic sources:
-Wikipedia is NEVER an acceptable source for academic papers!
-Books do not mean your psychology textbook or another textbook.
-Consider associations that relate to your topic (The American Psychological
Association, or the Teratological Association), or university (UCLA Baby
Lab), college, medical websites that address your topic.
-If you know a researcher’s name on a particular topic (infancy), then do a
search on line with that name. (Your textbook sites research that you might
want to learn more about.)
-There are endless ebooks and articles available to you on line through the
PCC library.

Students will be able to (check all that apply):
- Develop a search strategy based on their research topics (15 minutes)
- Perform an efficient search of the library catalog for books and other
materials (15 minutes)
- Differentiate between scholarly journals and magazines (15 minutes)
Other notes: Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! Debbie

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