Children and Schools
Spring 2001, Session
SPG 24(4 s.h.)
Beginning January 29 through
Feb. 6 (Tuesday) we shall be meeting for classes here at Hofstra. We shall
be reading and discussing material on child development and educational
psychology as well as information about observation and your participation.
On Thursday February 8 you will begin your observation-participation in
the school to which you have been assigned. Your required
to observe for a minimum of 6 hours/week as indicated above. Each week,
beginning February 13 we shall meet at Hofstra for a weekly seminar. At
this time we will discuss the reading assignment and you will turn in
an observation-reaction to your week in the schools. Attendance at these
classes is required. Credit will be lost for excessive absences.
A major requirement for this
class is a fieldwork paper summarizing and discussing your 30 hours of
observation. To that end, you will be required to bring in a written account
of your notes and comments each week for the seminar. Make sure that you
have these ready to turn in when we meet for seminar. These papers, which
I shal;l return with comments, will provide a basis for your final field
work paper, which will be 40% of your grade.
It is vital that you read the
assigned material in advance of each seminar class. These readings are
meant to be spread over the week that you are observing. Don't save them
for the night before and do get them read. If I discover that the class
is not keping up I will be forced to give a mid-term. I hope that this
is not necessary.
Bring your text book to class
and as I stated above, do the readings assigned for that week. Your seminar
attendance and participation will count 10% of your grade, but if your
attendance at fieldwook or seminar is extensive then you will loose points
from your grade and in serious cases you will receive a DE for your grade,
even if you take the final examination.
You will be required to a total
of 30 hours of fieldwork for this course. If you need to be absent from
fieldwork, notify the school and make-up the time.