Assignment 6

Write 3–4 pages in which you apply developmental theories to your own adolescence and early adult development to understand how theory explains behavior, thoughts, and emotions.

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Assessment Instructions

Preparation

In the Capella library and on the Internet, look for research articles on adolescent and early adult development. The articles should focus on how theories of development explain cognitive and psychosocial development. Find at least two scholarly or professional articles to use in this assessment.

Requirements

For this assessment, apply developmental theories to your own adolescent and early adult development. Think about how the developmental theories – cognitive, psychosocial, moral, attachment, and ecological – relate to helping you better understand your own development. Think about your life experiences during these stages and how those experiences shaped your development in specific areas. For example, you might consider how certain educational (or other) experiences helped you reach formal operations thinking in your cognitive development. Also think about your identity development and the relationships or experiences in your life that contributed to your sense of identity.

Please note: Since this assessment is asking you about your personal development, it is appropriate to write it in the first person. However, you must still follow APA guidelines for references and citations. Also be sure you include a title page and reference page.

Select two specific areas of development on which to focus:

  • Cognitive.
  • Psychosocial.
  • Moral.
  • Attachment.
  • Ecological.

Be sure to address the following:

  • Explain what theory informs us about the areas of development you selected.
  • Describe at least two life experiences during adolescence and two experiences during early adulthood that were significant in shaping your development in each of the areas you selected.
  • Apply ideas and concepts from theory to explain your behavior, thoughts, and emotions during adolescence and early adulthood.

Additional Requirements

  • Written communication: Your writing should be free of errors that detract from the overall message and is consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.
  • APA formatting: Format resources and citations according to APA style.
  • Resources: Minimum of two scholarly or professional resources. Note: Popular resources such as Wikipedia or About.com are not considered to be appropriate.
  • Length: 3–4 typed, double-spaced pages not including title page and reference page.
  • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point font.

Scoring Guide

CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED Explain what theory informs about areas of development.Does not identify what theory informs about areas of development. Identifies what theory informs about areas of development. Explains what theory informs about areas of development. Analyzes what theory informs about areas of development. Describe life experiences that shape development.Does not describe life experiences that shape development. Describes life experiences but there is no connection to how they shape development. Describes life experiences that shape development. Describes life experiences that shape development and explains how the experiences shape development. Apply theory to explain behavior, thoughts, and emotions during stages of development.Does not apply theory to explain behavior, thoughts, and emotions during stages of development. Applies theory to stages of development but does not connect theory to behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Applies theory to explain behavior, thoughts, and emotions during stages of development. Applies theory to analyze behavior, thoughts, and emotions during stages of development. Use valid, scholarly research resources relevant to the field of human lifespan development.Does not use valid, scholarly research resources relevant to the field of human lifespan development. Uses research resources that are not valid, scholarly, or relevant to the field of human lifespan development such as Wikipedia or About.com. Uses valid, scholarly research resources relevant to the field of human lifespan development. Uses valid, scholarly research resources relevant to the field of human lifespan development and establishes the credibility of the research. Write coherently to support a central with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional.Writing does not support a central idea. Does not use correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional. Writing supports an idea but is inconsistent and contains major errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Writing coherently supports a central idea with few errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Writing is coherent, using evidence to support a central idea with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics as expected of a psychology professional. Use APA format and style.Does not use APA format and style. Uses APA format and style but inconsistently and with errors. Uses APA format and style consistently and with few errors. Uses correct APA format and style consistently and with no errors. 

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