Education | Lifespan Development
P514 | 5560 | Kathy Sears

Required Text:
Turner, J. S., & Helms, D. B. (1995). Lifespan development (5th ed.).
New York: Harcourt Brace,

Course Packet available at Mr. Copies on tenth street.

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide an overview of important theories,
principles and research findings in life span development. Application
of the principles of lifespan development will be emphasized.

Course Objectives:
The primary goal of this course is to expose students to the current
knowledge of lifespan development. This course is designed to help the
student understand that the knowledge they gain about life span
development will help them in their professional careers. A discussion
format is used for this course, therefore the active participation of
each student is expected.

Course Requirements:
Reading Assignments 100
Topic Presentation 50
Midterm 100
Development Presentations 150
Final Project 100	
Total Points= 500

Grading Scale:
A+ 485+
A  470+				
A- 450+	
B+ 435+				
B  415+					
B- 400+		
C+ 385+
C  365+
C- 350+
D+ 335+
D  315+
D- 300+
F  299-

Reading Assignments (100pts/5pts each) for each class meeting you will
be expected to write a short (2 pages or less) summary of the readings
for that day. Be prepared to share your ideas about the readings in
Topic Presentation (50 points) You will be expected to select a topic
from the syllabus and prepare a lesson that you will use to guide the
class discussion for that day.

Midterm (100 points)- A midterm exam will be given on March 6th a
study guide will be provided at least one week prior to the exam.

Development Presentations (3 presentations worth 50 pts each; total
points 150). You will be required to observe individuals of three
different age groups. You will be expected to write a 3-4 page paper
(in addition to your observation notes) incorporating the information
you have learned in class with your observations. You will be expected
give a short presentation in class on your observation.

Final Project (100 points) The final project will be a take home
project. The specifics for the project will be announced in class at
least two weeks prior to the due date.

Course policies:
Attendance- Regular attendance is required. In this course it is
essential that the required readings be read prior to class since
class discussion will require knowledge of the topic. If you need to
miss class notify me by phone or e-mail.

Missed/late Assignments- Each missed assignment will receive a zero.
For each late assignment 10% of the total possible points will be
deducted for each day the assignment is late (assignments are due on
the due date!). Special arrangements will be made only for extreme
uncontrollable circumstances

Academic Dishonesty- All policies and regulations stated in the
Undergraduate bulletin applies in this course. If you are unfamiliar
with these policies you are required to make yourself familiar with
them immediately. You can access Indiana University's undergraduate
bulletin through the class web site.

Syllabus Changes- The instructor reserves the right to alter the
syllabus as needed. Changes in the syllabus will be announced in

Class Schedule and Readings

Date	Topic	Readings
Week 1		
1/7 Introduction	
1/9 Defining development
Turner & Helms chapter 1 & packet pp. 1-12

Week 2		
1/14 Theory and methods
Turner & Helms chapter 2

1/16 Biological foundations/genetics
Turner & Helms chapter 3 &  packet pp. 13-28

Week 3		
1/21 No class Martin Luther King Jr. B-day	

1/23 Prenatal development
Turner & Helms chapter 4 & packet pp. 29-37

Week 4		
1/28 Prenatal development continued
Packet pp. 39-59

1/30 Families
Packet pp. 61-87

Week 5		
2/4 Families continued
Packet pp. 89-112

2/6 Culture; social networks
Packet pp. 113-156

Week 6		
2/11 Infancy-physical & cognitive development
Turner & Helms pp. 175-206 & Packet pp. 157-163

2/13 Infancy-emotional & social development
Turner & Helms 207-233 & Packet pp. 165-175

Week 7		
2/18 Early Childhood-physical development
Turner & Helms pp. 235-259 & Packet pp. 177-183

2/20 Early Childhood-emotional and social dev
Turner & Helms pp. 259-297 & Packet pp. 185-192

Week 8		
2/25 Development Presentations	

2/27 Middle Childhood: Physical & cog dev
Turner & Helms pp. 299-328 & Packet pp. 193-197**pages missing will
hand out in class

Week 9		
3/4 Middle Childhood-emotional & social dev
Turner & Helms pp. 329-359 & Packet pp.199-214

3/6 Midterm Exam	

Week 10		
3/11 Spring Break -no class	

3/13 No class	

Week 11		
3/18 Adolescence-physical & cog dev
Turner & Helms pp. 361-378 & Packet pp. 215-218

3/20 Adolescence-social & emotional dev
Turner & Helms pp. 378-425 & Packet pp. 219-236

Week 12		
3/25 Development Presentations	

3/27 Young adulthood- physical & cog dev
Turner & Helms pp. 427-436 & Packet pp. 237-245

Week 13		
4/1 Young adulthood-social and emotional dev
Turner & Helms pp. 437-493 & Packet pp. 247-255

4/3 Middle adulthood-physical & cognitive dev
Turner & Helms pp. 495-520 & Packet pp. 257-267

Week 14		
4/8 Middle adulthood- social & emotional dev
Turner & Helms pp. 520-567 & Packet pp. 269-278

4/10 Later adulthood-physical & cog dev
Turner & Helms pp. 569-593 & Packet pp. 279-292

Week 15		
4/15 Later adulthood-social & emotional dev
Turner & Helms pp. 593-637 & Packet pp. 293-298

4/17 Developmental Presentations	

Week 16		
4/22 Death & dying
Turner & Helms pp. 639-675

4/24 Last day -class party
Final Projects due