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I’m working on a psychology writing question and need an explanation to help me learn.

PSYC203: Tackling the Pandemic and Long-Term Impacts

Big idea: How will the Covid-19 pandemic affect human development?

The Covid-19 pandemic will continue to affect many aspects of our lives for years to come. The purpose of this paper is to pick one area and look at it from a developmental psychology point of view.

You will need to use concepts and theories we have been covering this semester. I understand we are only beginning to see research as we are still dealing with the pandemic itself. That said, you will be looking at what information you can find now, what is being speculated, and then using your own terrific thinking and what we have been covering, talk about what you see as developmental implications for one of the topics below. Pick something that interests you- it will make the project far more interesting. If there is something not on this list that you would like to write about, check with me.

Here are some possible topics drawn from that big idea:

  • Impact on education for a particular age group (elementary, high school or college)
  • Food insecurity and hunger for a child or adolescent
  • Mental health for a particular age group
  • Impact of being quarantined with family for a year
  • Racism which has been made worse by the pandemic
  • Relationships and intimacy for those in emerging or early adulthood
  • Impact on friendships
  • The college experience and what this means now and later
  • Implications for higher education – more schools might assume that more can be moved online. What does that mean to you as students?
  • Ageism and treatment of the elderly
  • Having a baby at this moment in history
  • Employment and unemployment – both in general and as you think about your own future
  • What will the workplace look like? What has been the impact of work from home in terms of how we will return to the office environment
  • Impact on domestic violence and all forms of abuse
  • Technology use, abuse and how it will govern our lives in the future
  • Health care- who has access, who doesn’t and what we need going forward
  • Silver linings?
  • ??? If you have an idea that is not here, check with me!
  • What resources can you use to complete this assignment?

    • Use our textbook and any readings/resources in the content area of our class.

    • Use articles that come from reliable sources- peer-reviewed journals, web sources that are based on research and/or input from experts in the field, and you may also use newspaper and magazine articles. Just make it clear what is “academic.”

    • You may choose to interview someone. This can allow you to gain insights from that person to use in your paper, quoting them, etc. For example, the experience of being quarantined has been very different for families with children, young single adults, elderly people living alone and so forth.

    Remember, while you are sharing your opinion, you are grounding this in science, theories and psychological concepts.

    How should you structure your paper?

    1. Formulate a thesis statement about what you want to focus on, critically analyze, and write about. Your introduction should include your topic and an overview of what the paper will cover

    2. Use headings as they will help organize the flow of your work

    3. The paper will need a summary and conclusion section at the end and include any unanswered questions you have. We do not have all the answers yet, but this assignment will help you learn to engage in educated, informed, speculation.

    4. Use APA format- this means Times New Roman 12 pt font, double-spaced with 1-inch margins (no, I don’t measure, but I can tell if you have super wide margins). Be sure your citations and references are in APA format. Be sure you have both a title page and a reference page

    5. Please take care with writing mechanics. Poor grammar, run-on sentences, sentence fragments and spelling errors all will cost you points. If this is an are of concern for you, please remember, MC Writing Centers are open and doing virtual appointments.

    How long should this paper be?

  • Papers will be graded on quality of work, not quantity of words/pages. That said, I would expect quality work to be at least 5 pages. Remember: title page and reference page are not part of the page count.
  • • This is a chance to show some mastery of what you gleaned in the course and an opportunity to reflect on a difficult time in our individual and collective lives. By writing, we can come to think more clearly and know what we know and feel what we feel.

    Other questions you might have

    Can I write this based on my own experience? Yes, you may but this is not a requirement. Some of you may feel comfortable doing this and others may not. Some of you may be more interested in an aspect of the pandemic that has not affected you directly.

    Can I use first person if I write about my own experience? Yes

    One last thing: We will be talking about the big topic of the pandemic during our last class discussion, so once you’ve done this assignment, you will have an easy time with that last discussion!

    Submit to the assignment folder. Please submit as a word file (not a pdf), labeled as follows:
    Lastnamefirstinitial.pandemic.

    Point Value: 100 points

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    PSYC 203, Assignment: Comparing Career Sequences

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    Objective: To identify differences in motivation, strategies of career development, and social contexts that have influenced individuals’ current positions and preferences in employment and to analyze in terms of what we have learned aboutthese topics in our course.

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    Directions: You will be comparing your own career development and plans with two other individuals from different points of the life span than yourself.

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    Identify one individual from two different cohort groups. You can choose from the following 5 groups: 20-29 years; 30-39 years; 40-49 years; 50-59 years; 60 and over. You will be able to see good differences if you have people from different generations, and it will make your assignment much easier! Remember, don’t pick someone close to you in age, you will be that third person in the assignment!

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    Create a questionnaire that can be administered in a personal interview. You may use your text to help you generate questions. You will gather this information from yourself and the other two people you chose.

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    Here are some guidelines: (you are not limited to these!)

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    1. When you were in high school, what jobs or careers did you think about pursuing?

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    2. What influenced those choices? Financial ability, family circumstances, parents, peers, past educational experience, educational opportunities, gender, ethnicity, geography, other? Did you have a choice?

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    3. What kind of advice/information about career planning was available to you in secondary school? How easy was it to obtain? Did you take advantage of what was offered?

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    4. How would you rate your secondary education?

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    5. What further education did you receive? (if attended or completed college, find out area of study)

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    6. What educational experience did you have to begin working at each of the jobs you have had?

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    7. Has/Have your employer(s) paid for subsequent educational preparation?

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    8. How many jobs have you had so far? How many do you expect to have over your work life? What influenced you to stay at or leave each of the jobs?

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    9. What is your current job?(f you are interviewing someone who is retired, ask them about their last job).

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    10. How many hours per week do you typically work?

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    11. What are your favorite three leisure activities: How often do you engage in these activities?

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    12. What would you have done differently if you had all options available to you?

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    13. Of all the jobs you have had, which was the most satisfying? Why?

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    14. When do you intend to retire? What will you do during retirement? (adjust appropriately if person has retired-ask what influenced decision/timing of retiring)

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    Analysis: Remember, this is a key part of your paper. Here you want to tell me what the responses to your interviews suggested. Did the people you interviewed follow jobs or careers identified during adolescence? What were the major influences for each individual’s career choices? Were outcomes differences characterized between cohort groups? How can you connect what you found out from your respondents to what your text has to say on this subject? Make sure not to overlook this last part- you need to make connections to what we are studying. You need scholarly citations and references to our text and/or other scholarly work that supports your analysis. You need a minimum of two such academic references from peer reviewed journals. This is what will elevate your paper form merely being a collection of interviews to an academic paper.

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    Please note: Your paper needs to be typed, double spaced in Times New Roman, 12 pt font), with one inch margins which is APA format

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    Spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure do count! Careless errors just detract from your work. If this is an area of challenge for you, please make use of the services offered by the Writing Center. They can be accessed virtually!

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    Point Value: 75 points


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