Assignment Instructions

Purpose

The purpose of this assignment is to recognize the concepts we have studied, at work in real life, in your observations of an adult or elderly person’s daily experience.   Keeping a field log of your observations of the person for one day, you will critically discuss how this person’s activities are shaped and constrained by their age and societal expectations. This will allow you to actively observe some of the concepts learned in class.

Writing expectations

The paper should be 6-7 typed pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, with 1″ margins.  Remember to use APA format to cite and reference your sources.

Instructions

  1. Create a log.  For one day record your key observations of the person as he/she interacts with others.  Be particularly observant about how the person acts with their peers and how they act with others outside of the peer group.  You may want to observe this person in different settings, for example in a class setting, a church, with family members or an organized group activity.  This is a formal written log which will be submitted with your assignment and is included in the overall page count.

***Please do not observe a family member/spouse or close friend for this assignment.  A friend, acquaintance, or co-worker would be a better choice in order for you to be able to maintain objectivity.  It is up to you whether you wish to inform the person that he/she is being observed.

  1.  For your paper, you must answer the following questions referring to specific concepts/theories you have learned thus far in the class.
  2. What was your initial impression of the person? What is their gender, age and economic status?
  3. What did you observe about how social the person is?
  4. What did you observe about how others interact with the person?
  5. What did you observe about prejudicial or stereotypical behavior toward the person (e.g., based upon their age/gender)?
  6. Do you believe that this person is developing typically or atypically based upon what you know so far about his/her current stage of life?  Why?

 

Component Excellent Satisfactory Needs Improvement Unsatisfactory Points Earned
 

Quality of Observation Log

 

 25 points possible

Student provides a thorough log detailing observations including description of setting, time, and subject’s behaviors.

 

 

Student provides a log detailing observation of subject’s behaviors, but may lack details. At times, description lacks detail. Student provides a log of subject’s behaviors, but sufficient details and supporting evidence are lacking. Does not provide a log of observations of subject’s behaviors.  
Narrative Description of Subject’s Behaviors

 

25 points possible

Student provides a thorough and detailed description of subject’s behavior and clearly and in detail answers all questions asked in assignment instructions. Student provides an adequate description of subject’s behavior.  Answers are provided to questions asked in the assignment instructions, but responses may lack detail or coherence. Student provides a marginal description of subject’s behavior.  Although answers to questions asked in the assignment instructions are present, sufficient details are lacking or responses to some questions may be absent. Does not provide a description of subject’s behaviors or does not provide responses to several of the questions asked in the assignment instructions.  
Description of specific developmental psychological principle(s) or theories observed during observation

 

25 points possible

Student provides an accurate, thorough description more than one developmental psychological principle or theory observed during observation period. Student provides a description of at least one developmental psychological principle or theory observed during observation period. At times, description lacks coherence. Student provides a marginal description of a developmental psychological principle or theory observed during observation period.  Inaccuracies are present. Sufficient details and supporting evidence are lacking. Does not describe a developmental psychological principle or theory observed during observation period.  
Formatting/Writing

 

25 points possible

Work is presented in a logical and coherent way. Writing is clear, articulate, and error free. Citations, if used, are composed in proper format with few or no errors.  APA Style Title and References pages are formatted correctly. Work is grammatically sound with a few minor errors. Citations, if used, are composed in the proper format with some errors.  Title Page and References pages contain some errors. Work contains frequent grammatical errors. Citations, if used, are inaccurate or improperly formatted.  Lists or sentence fragments may have been used as opposed to full sentences.  May have improperly formatted Title or References pages. Work does not demonstrate appropriate undergraduate level writing.  Lists, bullet points, or sentence fragments are the primary means of answering questions.  Does not contain an APA Style Title or References page.  
Summary Comments: Total Points:

 

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