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Adolescent Peer Group Observation Project FCS 438 Spring 2008 150 points Total Observations of adolescent peer groups: This project is strictly for observing adolescents among their peers and does not include observing an adolescent group with his/her family. Note: Observations include only those behaviors that are concrete and measurable, not your interpretations -- just the facts! Interpretations come later in your paper. You can note your interpretations in the second column of your observation log for future reference. Observe adolescents among their peers for 30 minutes – one hour in the natural environment. Note: There must be at least three adolescents in the group for the first observation, preferably more. They must not be in an adult supervised activity! Keep distance from the group and take care that they do not know you are observing them Take detailed notes of your observations include only those behaviors that are concrete and measurable Write a paper discussing your observations and interpretations, addressing the issues pertaining to the physical, social- emotional, and cognitive development of adolescents Staple your hand written observation log and any other notes to the back your paper II. Paper Format – 5 points will be deducted for not following proper format 1. Type your paper in Times New Roman 12 point font double spaced with one inch margins on all sides. 2. On a cover page include: Last name, First name FCS 438 - Professor Wendy Hill Williams Adolescent Observation Project Due Date III. Content of the Paper: The narrative portion of your project will be a 3 – 4 page paper (not counting the cover page or observation log) and will include the following sections: 1. Headings (5 points) - Please use the following headings in this order to keep the paper organized, and any subheadings where specified Introduction Description of Setting Observation of the Adolescent Group Interpretation Conclusion Appendix: Observation Log (attach at the end of your paper) FCS 438 Adolescent Observation Project 1 Professor Wendy Hill Williams, M.A., L.M.F.T. 2. Introduction – 15 points (5 points each) Include the following: Introduction to the topic of adolescence (use the class notes and reading material to inform the reader of adolescents in the family context) the purpose of this project what you intend to do 3. Description of Setting (where the observation took place) –15 points (5 points each) These details are directly from your observation log in narrative form Include a detailed narrative description of the following: The day, time and place of the setting The length of time for the observation, Where you were situated as you made the observation and how you were able to observe the adolescents 4. Observation of the Adolescent Group – 30 points Include all of your observations from the observation log in narrative form (see the above Observation Log list for the necessary requirements). Subheadings are necessary to ensure you have included all of the requirements. Number of adolescent males and females Approximate age of adolescents or range of ages Pre-pubescent or post-pubescent Ethnicity Appearance: clothing, hairstyle, earrings, piercing, tattoos, etc. Activity or activities the group is engaged in Communication: verbal, non-verbal (Observable or audible) Social interactions with one another (Observable) Social interactions with others outside the group Note any risky behavior(s) the group is engaged in (if none say so) Remember observations are only those behaviors that are concrete and measurable, not your interpretations, ideas, or opinions. (Your interpretations are included in the next section.) Interpretations – 60 points (20 points for each section) In this section you will offer your interpretations of your observations. You will obtain this information from the lecture notes and reading. Make sure you cite your sources. Include your interpretation(s) of what you observed, include subheadings and a discussion of each of the following: FCS 438 Adolescent Observation Project 2 Professor Wendy Hill Williams, M.A., L.M.F.T. o Physical Development – discuss aspects of puberty, brain development, nutrition, sleep needs, etc. that you observed in the adolescent group (you may have to extrapolate and assume) o Cognitive Development– use Piaget’s cognitive theory of development and other information regarding cognitive development covered in class to discuss your observations of the adolescent group (you may have to extrapolate and assume) o Psychosocial Developmental – Use Erikson and other theorists from the class material to discuss the psychosocial changes evident in the observed adolescent group (you may have to extrapolate and assume) Conclusion – 15 points What can you conclude about the adolescents under observation? How are they typical or atypical? What did you learn? 4. Appendix: Observation Log – 10 points Include all of the following in your observation log: Gathering place (describe in detail), date, and time. Number of adolescent males and females Approximate age of adolescents or range of ages Ethnicity Appearance: clothing, hairstyle, earrings, piercing, tattoos, etc Activity or activities the group is engaged in Communication: verbal, non-verbal Social interactions with one another Social interactions with others outside the group Note any risky behavior(s) the group is engaged in; if not say so 4. Spelling and Grammar Papers are graded for spelling and grammar errors. ½ point will be deducted for each spelling or grammar error up to 10 points. 5. Due Dates & Late Observation Projects: Adolescent Observation Project is due on the date indicated on the syllabus. There will be a 10% deduction for projects received anytime after class on the due date and turned in no later than during class the following week No observation papers will be accepted after the late paper dates. FCS 438 Adolescent Observation Project 3 Professor Wendy Hill Williams, M.A., L.M.F.T.
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