Assignment: Infant Development

Assignment: Infant Development

Assignment: Infant Development

This is assignment 3

Write 3–4 pages in which you describe a problem related to infant development and explain how research findings have influenced both social thinking and social policies with regard to the problem.

Suggested Resources

The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.

Capella Multimedia

Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:

Turning Points: An Overview of Pre-natal Human Development | Transcript.
The Mind: Teratogens and Their Effect on the Developing Brain and the Mind | Transcript.
The Mind: Capabilities of the Newborn | Transcript.
The Mind: Infant Cognitive Development | Transcript.
The Mind: Social Development in Infancy | Transcript.
The Mind: Infant Speech Sound Discrimination | Transcript.
Assessment Instructions

Preparation

Choose a topic from the list below (or choose a topic of your own) to use as the foundation for this assessment. Use the Capella library and Internet to locate academic and professional articles on the topic. Use a minimum of three (at least one academic and one professional) recent (within the last 5 years) articles as resources for this assessment.

Topics:

The effect of maternal stress on prenatal development.
Prenatal exposure to drugs and the effects on brain development.
Environmental influences on prenatal development. Please select only one:
Diseases.
Outside environmental hazards.
Medications (legal and illegal).
Alcohol and tobacco.
The effect of maternal post-partum depression on newborn infant development.
The effects of premature birth on the developing infant.
Requirements

Assignment: Infant Development

Assignment: Infant Development

Assignment: Infant Development

To complete this assessment:

Describe the problem as it exists today in the United States. Be sure to include any statistics on frequency, geographic distribution, cultural distribution, and so on.
Explain how the problem affects the developing infant.
Explain how the research findings have influenced both social thinking and social policies with regard to the problem.
If a client came to you with the problem you selected, what one intervention would you recommend?
Additional Requirements

Written communication: Your writing should be free of errors that detract from the overall message and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.
APA formatting: Format resources and citations according to APA style.
Resources: Minimum of 3 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 Describe a problem in prenatal and infant development.Does not identify a problem in prenatal and infant development. Identifies a problem in prenatal and infant development. Describes a problem in prenatal and infant development. Describes a problem in prenatal and infant development and provides evidence on the prevalence of the problem. Explain how a problem in prenatal and infant development affects human development.Does not explain how a problem in prenatal and infant development affects human development. Explains how a problem in prenatal and infant development affects human development but the explanation omits key elements. Explains how a problem in prenatal and infant development affects human development. Explains how a problem in prenatal and infant development affects human development using real-world examples that demonstrate in-depth understanding of the problem. Explain how research findings related to a problem in prenatal and infant development influence social thinking and social policy.Does not explain how research findings related to a problem in prenatal and infant development influence social thinking and social policy. Explains research findings related to a problem in prenatal and infant development, but does not connect the findings to social thinking or social policy. Explains how research findings related to a problem in prenatal and infant development influence social thinking and social policy. Analyzes how research findings related to a problem in prenatal and infant development influence social thinking and social policy. Recommend an intervention to help with a problem related to prenatal and infant development.Does not identify an intervention to help with a problem related to prenatal and infant development. Identifies an intervention but does not connect the intervention to a problem related to prenatal and infant development. Recommends an intervention to help with a problem related to prenatal and infant development. Recommends an intervention to help with a problem related to prenatal and infant development, explains how the intervention will help, and predicts likelihood of success. Write coherently to support a central idea 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.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS

Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication

Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.

 

 

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