This course, Adolescent Issues, analyses, debates and conceptualizes the paradoxes presented in the construction, perception and intervention of adolescent issues. Such constructs are shaped by culture and socio-economic backgrounds. Adolescent as a concept has been of interest to several social science disciplines to determine the welfare of the individual, community and society as a whole. Therefore, this course will examine several issues pertaining to the universal and relative notions of adolescent biological and cognitive development and culture. Adolescence, as a stage of development, constructs individual sexual orientation, identity, behavior and relationships. This course illustrates the vast interpretations of several key issues relating to differences and similarities of adolescent issues and therefore the dilemmas and challenges of their growth.
|Dates||March 1-April 30, 2022|
|Last day to enroll or drop without penalty||January 31, 2022|
This is a three-credit hour online course. Please see your local Site Director or email our online site coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Course Professor||Janette Habashi, Ph.D.|
|Office Location||PHS Room 721|
|Telephone Number||918-409-1060 (Cell)|
Required Texts / readings
Bergh, J. (2013). Does voting rights affect the political maturity of 16-and 17-years- olds? Finding from the 2011 Norwegian voting-age trial. Electoral Studies, 32, 90-100.
Berlan, E., & et,al. (2010). Sexual orientation and bullying among adolescents in the growing up today study. Journal of Adolescent Heath, 46, 366-371.
Brown, G. (2017) Tagging: Deviant behavior or adolescent rites of passage? Culture and Psychology, 1-15.
Dodge, K. (2008). Framing public policy and prevention of chronic violence in American youth. American Psychology. 63, 7, 573-590.
Gillies, W., Bodern, J., Friesen, M., Macfarlance, S., & Fergusson, D. (2017). Ethnic differences in adolescent mental health problems: examining early risk factors and deviant peer affiliation. Journal of Children and Family Studies, 26, 2889-99.
Hopkins, J., & Pain, R. (2007). Geographies of age: thinking relationally. Area, 39(3), 287-29.
Johnson, S., & et al. (2009). Adolescent Maturity and the brain: the promises and pitfall of Neurosciences research in adolescent Heath. Journal of Adolescences Health, 45, 216-221.
King, K., & Vidourek, R. (2010). Attitudinal and social correlates to recent alcohol use among youth. American Journal of Health Studies, 25(1)19-30.
Kitayama, S. & Park, J. (2010), Cultural neuroscience of the self: understanding the social grounding of the brain. Social and Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 5, 111-129.
Markey, M., & Markey, C. (2010). Vulnerability to violent video games: A review of and integration of personality research. Review of General Psychology, 14(2), 82-91.
Mason, M., & Mennis, J. (2010). An exploratory study of the effects of neighborhood characteristics on adolescent substance use. Addiction Research and Theory, 18(1)33-50.
Ojeda, C. (2015). Depression and political participation. Social Science Quarterly, 96, 1226-1235.
Persson, S., & Hagquist, C. (2017). Young voices in mental health care: Exploring children’s and adolescents’ services experiences and preferences. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 22, 140-15.
Quinn, W., Newield, Neal., & Protinsky, H. (1985). Rites of Passage in families with adolescents. Family Process, 24, 1, 101-111
Rew, L. (2005). Adolescent Development. In L. Rew, Adolescent heath: A multidisciplinary approach to theory, research and intervention (pp.51-99). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Steinberg, L. (2009). Should the science of adolescent brain development inform public policy? American Psychologist, 739-750.
Theocharis, Y. (2016). Stimulating citizenship or expanding entertainment? 18, 817-836.
Wagner, M., Johann, D., & Kritxinger, K. (2012). Voting at 16: Turnout and the quality of vote choice. Electoral Studies, 31, 372-283.
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This course discusses development during the adolescent and early adult years. Contemporary theories and research will be used to help students understand issues central to adolescence including: pubertal and neuro- cognitive development, rites of passage, social and government laws, cultural and personal identity, sexual and gender orientation, obesity, media, substance abuse, family and peer relationships, adolescent violence, technology and work, culture and the media, and challenges faced by adolescents. Adolescence will be discussed both as a distinct stage of life, and as an integral component of development across the life span.
Methods of Instructions
Assignments and activities will be listed on the course website and will be facilitated via the Canvas course management system. I recommend that you take the online orientation before the beginning of the class. Hence, in order to successfully learn you need to engage online and during the class. Your engagements and reading reflections are essential to the learning class experience. The discussion board will also assist in the participation in our cyber classroom. The course website will provide to deposit the paper assignments.
Please check your OU-email address frequently as I will use it for corresponds. In addition, pay attention to my posting at D2L course home page*
Points to remember:
1. These class meetings are considered a valued and important part of the learning experience and students are expected to be prepared and participate in the online discussion.
2. Please check and use your OU email account.
3. For every day an assignment is late, you will receive 2 reduced grade points.
4. If I did not respond to your email in 48 hours, please email me again.
5. Please check my posting on the Canvas course home page.
6. Please upload an image to your personal profile on Canvas
1. Discussion Board Participation (online): you will post your views and deconstruct the reading in a professional manner. Discussion policy is included in the syllabus.
Discussion tab on Canvas at Canvas.ou.edu. 45 points.
Elements included in the evaluation of discussion board participation will include evidence of critical thinking, clear identification of the issue, understanding of the problems, and the ability to propose and evaluate solutions. All participants are expected to welcome open expression of opinion, attitudes and beliefs and to accept the legitimacy and value of dissent. In addition to respect for the ideas of your classmates and the instructor, common courtesy is also expected. There are 3 discussion points for every issue. However, 2 points and one point is allocated for inadequate participating (See the rubric below). You are expected to post your original response on the issue and response to the class discussion. You are expected to post an original response pertaining to issues of the reading and post few responses to the comment of a classmate. I encourage you to read other students’ postings.
1. Discussion Rubric:
2. Interview assignment: For the Adolescent Issues course there are two interview tasks, one with an adolescent and one with an adult. The purpose of the interviews is to understand the adolescents’ perspective on the issue he/she considers most pressing. Therefore, the interview issue should be based on the adolescent’s concern. After the interview with the adolescent, you will interview an adult over the same issue. You need to complete the adolescent interview before the adult one.
The best way to approach this task is by asking the following questions:
How adolescents think about their life?
What is the misunderstanding between adults and adolescents?
What is the biggest problem facing adolescents?
I am expecting that every adolescent interviewee will address this question differently. Some might focus on drugs, gangs, foster care, parents or another issue. In any case, the interviewee is framing the issue of this talk. You need to discuss the issue with him/her from his/her perspective. The talk should concentrate on understanding and appreciating his/her point of view rather than challenging her/his perspective.
This interview with the adult is based on the issue raised by the adolescent. If the adolescent discussed gangs as the main problem for adolescents this will be the same issue discussed with the adult. You can start with saying that I have interviewed an adolescent and he/she thinks that the biggest problem adolescents face is i.e. drug. Please let me know what you think and why they think this way? What is the role of adults regarding this issue? What can the community or government do regarding this issue?
You are encouraged to ask more questions but it is important to be understanding and willing to see both adolescents’ and adults’ perspectives. Also, you must post a description of the interview by the date indicated in the timeline document. 20 points
3. Paper #1: This paper utilizes information gained from the interviewees and incorporates adolescent issues. The purpose of the paper is to understand the undertaken issue from adolescence and adult perspectives. You can divide the paper according to different perspectives but you need to discuss the issue at the beginning. The framework of the paper should be supported with academic literature. At the beginning of the paper, you need to identify the issue from multiple perspectives while integrating the interviews. You also need to deconstruct the interviewees’ claims using literature. This is an academic paper and should be supported by at least 10 references (only 2 course materials can be used for references). Wikipedia and dictionaries will not be considered references. The paper should be between 8-10 pages. This does not include cover and reference pages. I encourage you to structure your paper using headings and subheadings. This creates a cohesive and organized argument. I encourage you to look at different example provided before you submit the paper. Paper #1 must be uploaded to the canvas. 15 points
4. Paper #2 focuses on an issue or dilemma pertaining to adolescence and how an issue is articulated in social policy and adhered in social programs. The purpose of the paper is to deconstruct any disconnect between, policy, program and what we know (research) about an issue related to adolescent. Sometime, a policy or a government bill does not correspond with the designated program or research. The paper should address the following: 1) Identify an issue related to adolescent with the support of research. 2) Identify the policy/ bill that aim to address the issue and whether such policy/bill was successful. It is important to provide research to support the findings. 3) Identify programs that are design to address the issue or build to address the policy/bill identified. 4) In some cases, some policies do not correspond with programs let alone with the issue as highlighted in the reading. Therefore, it is important to show the discount between these three elements. This paper should show the paradoxes, alignments, possibilities, and disconnects of what we know as a society concerning these adolescent issues. Elaborate on the current adolescent issue and how it is manifested in social policy and therefore in the intervention pronounced in social programs. This is an academic paper and should be supported by at least 10 references (only 2 course materials can be used for references). Wikipedia and dictionaries will not be considered references. The paper should be between 8-10 pages. This does not include cover and reference pages. I encourage you to structure your paper using headings and subheadings. This creates a cohesive and organized argument. I encourage you to look at different example provided before you submit the paper. Paper #2 must be uploaded to the canvas. 20 point.
Attendance and Participation: Attendance and participation are important in any class because much of the learning comes from in-class discussions with other students. It is expected that you attend all classes and be on time except in the case of an emergency. You will be expected to read all material for class and participate in discussions
Attendance Policy: you may have two (2) hours of absence without penalty to allow for emergencies and unforeseen events. Thereafter, two (2) points will be deducted from your grade for each class missed.
Quality of Written and oral reports: All written reports must be typewritten and include references and bibliographies. All reports should follow the format described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological association (APA) (6th ed.). The paper will include a title page, appropriate citations within the text of the paper and a reference page. In addition, the paper should be carefully researched, grammatically correct and neat in appearance. You will be penalized for poorly written papers and poorly presented oral reports. I highly recommend using the Writing Center Facility at OU- Tulsa.
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· Cheating (using unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in an academic exercise, plagiarism, falsification of records, unauthorized possession of examinations, intimidation, and any and all other actions that may improperly affect the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement
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(4) expression in one's own words, but without attribution, of ideas, arguments, lines of reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the general fund of common academic knowledge
· Assisting others with any such act
· Attempting to engage in such acts
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GRADING POLICY: grades are based on total points, which are earned via objective and subjective scoring. A=90-100%: superior work, B = 80-89 %: above average work, C = 70-79%: average work, D = 60-69%: below average work (passing), F = below 60%: failing work 90%, B=80%, C= 70%, D=60%
Subjective criteria for evaluating work include quality of individual writing assignments, participation/quality in group papers, presentations, and discussions. Attendance and completion of work in a punctual manner are also part of the evaluation process.
Deep vs. Surface learning
Below are descriptions of varying degrees of work which reflect the level and quality of learning student/learner. Keep these in mind as you navigate the course.
Writing demonstrates unusual competence; obvious analytical thinking with thoughtful evaluation; outstanding contributions to group presentations, papers and group discussions. Student exhibits a continuous and enthusiastic effort over the course of the class. Manifests initiative, meets all deadlines and due dates and no absences. Deep Learning—understanding of the content and applications to real world.
Writing demonstrates competence; interpretive/inferential thinking, drawing conclusions, and reading between the lines; strong contribution to group presentations; active participation in group discussions, meets all due dates. Missed parts of classes. Deep & Surface Learning--understanding of some course content, possible examples.
Individual writing is competent; literal thinking and mere regurgitation of readings; some contribution to group presentations and papers; occasionally contributes to group discussions. Meets all due dates. Missed classes. Surface Learning—overview of the content.
Individual writing suggests or demonstrates incompetence. Little thought to developing ideas. Periodic contributions to group presentations, papers and discussions. Forgetfulness regarding assignments, due dates. Missed classes, arrived late or early exits.
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• 2004 Educational Psychology, PhD. Kent State University
• 1994 Master of Counseling in Education (M.Ed.), Center of International Studies, Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K.
• 1991 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Social Work, Bethlehem University, Palestine
Associate Professor, Department of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma
• Social Science theories
• Qualitative research
• My research interest is children and indigenous discourse.
• Habashi, J. (Accepted). Children writers: methodology of the rights-based approach. International Journal of Children’s Rights
• Habashi, J. (Accepted). Palestinian children: Authors of collective memory. Children and Society.
• Hathcoat, J, & Habashi, J. (Accepted). Ontological categories of truth and the perceived conflict among science and religion. Cultural Studies of Science
• Habashi, J. (2012). Colonial Guilt and the Recycling of Oppression: The Merit of Unofficial History in Transforming the State’s Narrative. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal, 6, 50-59.
• Habashi, J., Wright, L., Hathcoat, J. (2012). Patterns of Human Development Indicators across Constitutional analysis of children’s rights. Social Indicators Research, 105, 63-73.
• Habashi, J. (2011). Children's agency and Islam: Unexpected paths to solidarity. Children's Geographies. 9, 131-144.
• Habashi, J., Driskill, S., Long, J., & DeFalco, P. (2010). Constitutional Analysis: A Proclamation of Children’s Right to Protection, Provision, and Participation. International Journal of Children’s Rights, 1, 267-290.
• Habashi, J., & Worley, J. (2009). Child Geopolitical Agency: A Mixed Methods Case Study. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 3(1), 42-64.
• Habashi, J. (2008). Political language of socialization: Language as resistance, Children's Geographies, 6 (3), 269-280.
• Habashi, J. (2008). Palestinian children crafting national identity. Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, 15(1), 12-29.
• Habashi, J. (2005). Creating indigenous discourse: History, power and imperialism in academia. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(5), 711-788.
• Verma, G. K., & Habashi, J. (2005). Incorporating themes of contextualized curriculum in a science methods course: Analyzing perceptions of pre-service middle school teachers in multicultural education. Research and Practice [Online journal], 1 (1), 24-47.
• Habashi, J. (2003). Locating Black women’s educational experience: In the context of community. Exploring Adult Literacy, V5.
• McLaren, P., & Habashi, J. (2000). Shedding a legacy of oppression: The turmoil of Palestinian education. International Journal of Educational Reform, 9 (4), 361-368.
• Published Refereed Book Chapters in Scholarly Books and Monographs
• Habashi, J. (accepted). Political language of socialization: Language as resistance. In Savyasaachi & R. Kumar (Eds.), Social Movements, Dissent and Transformative Action. New Delhi: Routledge.
• Habashi, J. (2005). Freedom Speaks. In L.D. Soto and B.B. Swadener (Eds.) Power and Voice in Research with Children (21-34). New York: Peter Lang.
• Habashi, J., & Worley, J. (under review). Children's political affiliation: Transcending local politics. Social Science Quarterly.
• Habashi, J. (under review). Children's religious agency: Conceptualizing Islamic idioms of resistance. AREA
• Habashi, J. (under review) Morality of resistance in children’s daily living: What is wrong/ right? Children and Society.
• Habashi, J. (under review). By default: the researcher ownership of knowledge. Qualitative Inquiry.
• Worley, J., & Habashi, J. Mixed methods research: A pragmatic approach for transcending the Cartesian meta-paradigm. Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
• Habashi, J. (in progress). Children’s age of responsibility: Analysis of social political on the age of maturity. This project uses content analysis in identifying the discrepancy of children’s age of responsibility in three main areas: crime, heath and community engagement.
• Habashi, J. (in progress). Children’s historical images: Analysis of religious discourse in three constitutions. This project uses content analysis to deconstruct children’s capacities in three nation-states which adopt religion as a fundamental element of their constitution.
• Habashi, J. (in progress). Imprinting children’s participation in the Palestinian constitution: The democratization of children in international settings? This project is a conceptualize piece that will set the foundation for a grant proposal.
• Habashi, J. (in progress). Intergenerational dialogue: children collecting historical narratives. This project provides an analysis of the intergenerational narrative whereby children are active in creating a digital oral history.
Habashi, J., & Verma, G. (2003). Multicultural Education: Examining Historical Memories and Language Implementation Policies in India. In J. Zasonen & L. Lestinen (Eds.), Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understanding, Human rights and a Culture of Peace, Annual Vol. 1. (1), 1-4, Jyvaskyla, Finland: UNESCO Conference on Intercultural Education.
• Blanchet-Cohen, N., Habashi, J., Lundy, L., Murray, C. Musomi, M., Ndimande, B., Phatudi, N., Polakow. Polakow., Smith, K., & Swadener, B. (2011). Children’s Rights in Cultural Contexts, Una Working Paper 7, Belfast: Una. http://www.unaglobal.org.
• Habashi, J. (2011). The Empathetic Youth Culture: Political Socialization, Value Affiliation, and Transnational Identity. (White Paper ID 167). Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. 2011. SBE 2020 National Science Foundation.
• Blanchet-Cohen, N., Habashi, J., Lundy, L., Murray, C. Musomi, M., Ndimande, B., Phatudi, N., Polakow. Polakow., Smith, K., & Swadener, B. (2010). Children’s Rights in Una and Beyond: Transnational Perspectives. Una Working Paper 7, Belfast: Una. http://www.unaglobal.org
• Habashi, J. (2007). Research experience for teachers (RET): Oklahoma site (NSF Grant N. 0602051) Division of Engineering Education and Centers, National Science Foundation
• Rogers, L., Safford, J., Kabha, O., & Habashi, J. (April 2001). A qualitative study of day care plus: Children, providers, and the consultation process. Positive Education Program of Cuyahoga County and Starting Point. Cleveland, OH.
• Present Awarded $500,000 by a private philanthropist to fund the development of a gifted program for Palestinian children.
• Present Invited to be on the Editorial Review Board for the American Research Association Journal- Teaching, Human Development and Learning.
• 2011 International Alumni Award, Kent State University, Ohio
• 2005-Present Invited to be on the Editorial Review Board for the Research and Practice Online Journal (for second time). Published two times a year to provide a scholarly space for the “subaltern” and “subjugated knowledge(s)” to speak (Cross- listed under national service).
• 2008-2009 Speaker, in the international research project, Children Living Rights: Theorizing Children’s Rights in International Development. Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch, Switzerland.
• 2005-2006 Fellowship Award, Child on the Wing Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellowships Program, Humanities and the Study of Culture Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
• 2005-2006 Presidential International Travel Fellowship Award. International Programs Center, University of Oklahoma, OK.
• 2005-2006 Nominated for outstanding dissertation award at the American Education Research Association. Social Context in Education (Division G), San Francisco, CA.
• 2001 & 2003 Center Scholarship. Center for International and Intercultural Education, Kent State University, Kent, OH.
• 2002 Graduate Student Senate, Outstanding Dissertation Award. Kent State University, Kent, OH.
• 2000 College of Education Award for Outstanding Achievement in Leadership. Scholarship and Services, Kent State University, Kent, OH. Major Professional Affiliations American Educational Research Association