Education | Adolescent Development
P516 | 5851 | Bryce Fox

Required Readings:
1. Adolescence (8th edition) by John Santrock
2. Readings to be passed out in class

Course Description:
Adolescence is a period of personal development during which a young
person must establish a sense
of individual identity and feelings of self worth which include an
alteration of his or her body image,
adaptation to more mature intellectual abilities, adjustment to
society's demands for behavioral maturity,
internalizing a personal value system, and preparing for adult roles.
Central to this process of shifting
from the status of child to the status of adult is the emergence of a
new sense of self.

P516 is a masters' level course meant to introduce and familiarize
students with the period of human
development known as adolescence.  Since most students in the class
intend to work with adolescents,
the focus of the course is on practical issues in counseling and
teaching adolescents.  Perspectives on
the adolescent as learner, social being, family member, and emerging
citizen will be drawn from diverse
disciplines including education, psychology, sociology, and medicine.

The primary focus of P516 is on normal adolescence and normal
adolescents.  There is, however, a
need to deal at some level with abnormal or atypical development.
Thus, some discussion of
psychological and social problems of adolescence (delinquency,
substance abuse, psycho-pathology) is

Course Evaluation
2 Examinations: Short essay responses.

Term (Research) Paper
*** Late responses will be penalized.

General Course Objectives:

* Participants will acquire an understanding of adolescent
development from a psycho-
social perspective.
* Participants will be able to identify school related issues of
concern to contemporary
* Participants will recognize the centrality of development of a
sense of personal self
worth during the adolescent transition.

Class Schedule and Readings

Tentative Class Topic Schedule

Class No.       Date                 Topic

1:            Aug. 28       Introduction; Overview
Santrock, Ch. 1
2:            Aug. 30            The Nature of Adolescent Dev./
Santrock, Ch. 2
3:            Sept. 4, Adolescent Self Concept
Santrock, Ch. 9
4, 5:          Sept. 6, 11        Adolescent Self Concept Cont./
Santrock Ch. 10
6:            Sept. 13            Physical Self
Santrock, Ch. 3 (72-89)
7, 8:          Sept. 18, 20      Intellectual Self
Santrock, Ch. 4
9, 10:        Sept. 25, 27      Social Self
Santrock, Ch. 8
11, 12:        Oct. 2, 4   Academic Self
Santrock, Ch. 7
13:          Oct. 9               Vocational Self
Santrock, Ch. 13
14:          Oct. 11               TEST #1
15,16:        Oct. 16,18        Sexual Self
Santrock, Ch. 11
17:          Oct. 23             Moral Self
Santrock, Ch. 12
18:          Oct. 25               Adolescents and Health
Issues                   Santrock, Ch. 3 (90-96)             19:
Oct. 30        Adolescents and Families
Santrock, Ch. 5
20:          Nov. 1         Adolescents and Families Systems
21:          Nov. 6              Adolescents and Peers
Santrock, Ch. 6
22, 23:       Nov. 8, 13        Drugs and Alcohol/Delinquency
Santrock, Ch. 14
24:          Nov. 15                 Adolescent Psychopathology
25:          Nov. 20            TEST # 2
Nov. 22            NO CLASS
26, 27:       Nov. 27, 29      Presentations
28, 29:       Dec. 4, 6           Presentations

Required Term Paper / Presentation

As a requirement of this course, you will work together with your
group to write a term paper on a
topic dealing with a current crisis / dilemma facing adolescents in
our society.  Examples of this might
be: school violence, depression and suicide, drug and alcohol use and
abuse, easy access to inter-net
pornography, divorce, body image and eating disorders...Components
should include, but are not
limited to: detailed description of the crisis/dilemma including
background information (ex. Statistical
information), current research, how developmental theories discussed
in class might help explain the
crisis/dilemma, suggestions for dealing with the crisis/dilemma.  The
purpose of the paper assignment is
[at least] twofold.  First, I want you to develop an in-depth
understanding of some aspect of the
adolescent developmental process and second, I want you to "translate
current literature in adolescent
behavior and development into practical implications.  You should
select a topic that interests you.

This paper is not meant to be a doctoral dissertation.  It is,
however, meant to be an opportunity for
you to expand your knowledge of adolescent development.  It is
unlikely that you will be able, within
the confines of a single semester to develop a research (data
gathering) project.  However, you may
want to use the paper as a mechanism to establish a research plan,
along with a set of researchable
hypotheses.  Alternatively, you may want to orient your review toward
a more pragmatic set of
outcomes, that is, a set of prescriptive recommendations for those who
work with adolescents.

Each group will give a 20 - 30 minute presentation of your findings.
Each group member is expected to
take responsibility to contribute equally to the paper and the
presentation.  The purpose of the
presentation is to offer participants the opportunity to practice
making a professional presentation, as
well as, offer the students that are listening an opportunity to hear
in-depth information concerning an
area of adolescent crisis.

Evaluation of Paper and Presentation

Your paper and presentation will be evaluated on the following

1). Does it grow out of a clearly defined problem?
2). Does your analysis draw upon an adequate review of relevant
3). Do your conclusions flow reasonably from the information you

Please hand in 2 copies of the paper.  I will retain one copy for my
files.  Late papers will be penalized.
Some gentle cautions:

* Please proofread your papers [or have a friend do so.]
* Do not plagiarize.
* Do not delay in moving forward on this paper.