Education | Topical Seminar in Educational Psychology: Social Development
P650 | 6269 | Dr. David Estell
This course will provide an introduction to the issues of social
development and their implications for science and society. The
goals are to provide (1) an orientation to the main issues of social
development from a historical and theoretical perspective, (2) a
critical review of the substantive domains and methods currently
under investigation, and (3) discussion of the implications of an
interdisciplinary investigation of social development for issues of
prevention and mental health promotion. We will examine the
establishment, maintenance, and change in social behaviors from
conception to young adulthood, including how aspects of behavioral,
cognitive, and emotional development affect social behavior and
relationships. Examples of the topics that we will discuss include:
attachment relationships, self-concept and understanding of others,
temperament and personality, parent-child relationships, sibling
relationships, friendships and peer relationships, and the
development of aggression and violence.
Required: Cairns, R. B., & Cairns, B. D. (1994). Lifelines and
risks: Pathways of youth in our time. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge
Optional: Shaffer, D.R. (2000). Social and personality development
(4th Ed.) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
This text is optional, and is a resource for anyone who desires more
basic background information about the topics we will be discussing
Your grade will be based on four areas of evaluation:
Discussion co-leader (5 times) 45pts
Final paper 100pts
Presentation on final paper 30pts
Discussion co-leader. Five times over the course of the semester,
you and another student will be in charge of leading the in-class
discussion. There are a number of ways you can stimulate discussion,
including preparing questions or observations, or perhaps having an
activity or debate planned. This can turn into a very easy job when
your classmates are engaged and prepared.
Participation. This is the other side of the point made above. I
expect you to have read the papers prior to the class in which we
discuss them, and to try your best to contribute to the discussion.
As with being a leader, if everyone is prepared, this can be really
easy as we each contribute and no one is put on the spot.
Final paper. The term paper is expected to be approximately 8 pages
long. I would like you to pick a sub-topic in social development
about which you are interested, and write a scholarly review paper
about the theories and findings which address that issue. Further
instructions will come in a later handout.
Presentation. This will consist of a 15-minute in-class presentation
of your paper. Again, further instructions will be provided in yet
another a separate hand-out.
Grades will be assigned as follows:
Grade – Percentages - Points
59 and down
The material of this course will be arranged by topic, though I hope
by the end of the course you will understand that dividing
development into parents, peers, culture, etc. is simply an easier
way to look it--and that all are interdependent upon, and interact
with, each other.
The key to keeping this course interesting for all of us is
participation. You are to have done the assigned reading prior to
the class for which it is listed, and are accountable for the
information. This will allow us to use class-time for discussion of
the material and for supplementary information above and beyond that
in the text. Although lectures and discussion follow the topics in
the books, they will expand on the information in the text.
The basic schedule for the course follows...
Tue., Sept. 2
Introduction and overview.
Thur., Sept. 4
History, origins, and concepts.
LL Ch. 1, 2, 11
Tue., Sept. 9
Temperament and the biology of social behavior.
Rothbart & Ahadi, 1994
Thur., Sept. 11
Social origins: Attachment beginnings
Tue., Sept. 16
Social origins: Attachment malleability.
Davila, Burge, & Hammen, 1997
Thur., Sept. 18
Pettit, Bates, & Dodge, 1997
Tue., Sept. 23
Family and development.
Demo & Cox, 2000
Hetherington, Bridges, and Insabella, 1998
Thur., Sept. 25
Culture and development.
Tue., Sept. 30
Television and media.
Bushman & Anderson, 2001
Anderson & Bushman, 2001
Thur., Oct. 2
Self-concept and social cognition.
LL Ch. 7
Marsh, Craven, & Debus, 1998
Tue., Oct. 7
Altruism and moral development.
Smetana, Killen, & Turiel, 1991
Thur., Oct. 9
Gender identity and gender roles.
Fagot & Leinbach, 1987
Tue., Oct. 14
Gender differences and sexual behavior.
Brooks-Gunn & Furstenberg, 1989
Thur., Oct. 16
LL Ch. 5
Tue., Oct. 21
Bagwell, Newcomb & Bukowski, 1998
LaFontana & Cillessen, 2002
Thur., Oct. 23
No class: Instructor out of town.
Tue., Oct. 28
Peers and school adjustment.
Estell, Farmer, Cairns, & Cairns 2002
Ladd, Kochenderfer, & Coleman, 1996
Thur., Oct. 30
Forms of aggression and the nature of bullying.
Xie, Cairns, & Cairns, 2002
Tue., Nov. 4
Development of antisocial behavior.
LL Ch. 3, 4
Patterson, Debaryshe, & Ramsey, 1989
Thur., Nov. 6
Development of antisocial behavior.
LL Ch. 6
Sutton, Smith, & Swettenham, 1999a.
Crick & Dodge, 1999
Sutton, Smith, & Swettenham, 1999b
Tue., Nov. 11
LL Ch. 9
Costello & Angold, 1996
Thur., Nov. 13
Prevention and Intervention 1: Concepts and Ideas
LL Ch. 10, 12
Coie, et al., 1993
Tue., Nov. 18
Prevention and Intervention 2: Conduct problems
Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group, 1999
Thur., Nov. 20
Prevention and Intervention 3: Early School Dropout
LL Ch. 8
Mahoney & Cairns, 1997
Tue., Nov. 25
No Class: Thanksgiving
Thur., Nov. 27
No Class: Thanksgiving
Tue., Dec. 2
Thur., Dec. 4
Tue., Dec. 9
Thur., Dec. 11
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