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Psychology and education of the exceptional child
Kristen Schrauben
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Date Created: 09/05/16
Grand Valley State University PSY 304­02: Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child Fall 2016 Instructor:  Kristen (Girard) Schrauben, Ph.D. Course Time:  Tu/Th – 8:30–9:45 AM Psychology Department Course Location:  2119 ASH Office: 2135 Au Sable Hall Phone:  (616) 331­2336 (But E­mail is the preferred way to reach me) E­mail:   Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00­11:00, 1:00­2:00; Thursdays 1:00­2:00; or by appointment Prerequisites:  PSY 101; PSY 301 Course Summary Psychology 304 is a survey course in the broad field of exceptionality. This course will introduce both a  psychological and educational perspective to the study of exceptionality in children, and will cover topics  ranging from disabilities to giftedness. Over the course of the semester, you will be exposed to various  terminology and approaches used when working with exceptional children. In addition to reviewing  different disabilities, this course will emphasize evidence­based practices, school­wide prevention  models, and other current issues in the field of exceptionality.  Readings Required Text:  Heward, W. L., Alber­Morgan, S., & Konrad, M. (2016). Exceptional children: An introduction to special education, 11  Edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson  Additional Required Readings:  Selected additional readings will be placed on Blackboard.  Course Website Many course materials (e.g., syllabus, presentation slides, readings, assignment rubrics, and additional  supplemental materials) will be made available through Blackboard, an online course management  system. You can access the materials by going to the following website:, and  providing your GVSU username and password. If you have problems accessing materials through this  system, you can call the IT Help Desk at 855­435­7488 or E­mail for assistance.  Accommodations for Students with Disabilities If you need academic accommodations because of a learning, physical, or other disability, please contact  Disability Support Resources (DSR) at 331­2490. Although students with disabilities are held to the same  academic standards as all other students, accommodations will be provided for you, as appropriate.  1 Furthermore, if you have a physical disability and thinks you will need assistance evacuating the  classroom and/or building in an emergency situation, please contact me so I can develop a plan to assist  you.   Canceled Classes If classes are canceled at the university, any exam or activity missed due to cancellation will take place at  the next class meeting. Academic Integrity and Plagiarism It is your responsibility as a student to maintain academic integrity and not give any appearance of a  violation. You will do original work and will not take or receive the efforts of another person on any test  or assignment, use unauthorized resources on quizzes or tests, plagiarize, or give/sell other students  papers or assignments not authorized by me. You are responsible for making yourself aware of and for  understanding the policies and procedures that pertain to academic integrity. To that end, be sure to  familiarize yourself with the GVSU Student Code [Section 223.01] related to academic integrity.  Furthermore, be sure to reference sources in all assignments. If you are uncertain about such an issue prior to submission of an assignment, project, or test, please see me as soon as possible so we can eliminate any uncertainty. There is no harm in asking if you are not sure if you are plagiarizing. There is harm in  plagiarizing and then telling me afterwards that you did not know you did anything wrong.  Attendance and Participation Attendance at lectures is highly recommended, but not required. Since not all material covered during  lectures is in your text, your exam performance is very likely to improve if you attend, pay attention, take  notes, and actively participate during class sessions. Please come to class prepared to fully attend and  participate. As course attendance is not mandatory, please do NOT e­mail me to explain absences or ask  what was missed. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to download the class presentation slides,  obtain notes from a classmate, and then meet with me during office hours if you have any questions about  content you missed. Even if you have a valid excuse for why you missed class, you will not be allowed to  make up any in­class activities points. When course grades are within one percentage point of the next  higher grade, at my discretion, the higher grade will be awarded to students who showed active  participation in class (i.e., participation in discussions, attentiveness during lectures, and engagement in  group activities).  Exceptions: Student absences due to participation in university athletics will be accommodated. Please let  me know within the first two weeks of the semester so arrangements can be made. Student absences due  to religious holidays will be accommodated per the GVSU policies on inclusion. If a conflict exists  between the course and a religious observance, you must request a religious accommodation from the  instructor within the first two weeks of the semester or as soon as possible so alternative arrangements can be made.  Technology Use 2 You are welcome to use computers/tablets during class to take notes and to follow along with me.  However, the use of technology for personal reasons (e.g., checking E­mail or using Facebook) during  class is highly inappropriate and disrespectful to other students and myself. Please silence and put away  all cell­phones during class. I will use my discretion in reducing grades for those students who are using  computers or other technology in a disrespectful manner when class is in session. Grading/Coursework Coursework: Points: Grading Scale Exam #1 100 94 above  A Exam #2 100 90­93 A­ Exam #3 100 87­89 B+ Critical Issue Group Presentation     50 83­86 B Research Summaries (2 @ 40 points each)   80 80­82 B­ In­Class Activities*   30 77­79 C+ Total Points: 460 73­76 C 70­72 C­ 67­69 D+ To calculate your final grade, add up the points you  60­66 D have earned (and those you expect to earn), divide by  59 & below F total points, multiply by 100, and compare to the grading scale. *You can keep track of the In­Class Activity points you have earned by looking on Blackboard. The grade on Blackboard is a  running total of the points you have earned thus far. I will add points to your Blackboard grade as activities are completed  throughout the semester. Exams (3 exams, 100 points each = 300 points)  Exam format ­ There will be three exams for this course. The final exam will be cumulative,  however the majority of material will be selected from the final weeks of lectures. Exams will  consist of a combination of multiple choice, matching, fill­in­the­blank, true/false, and short­ answer questions drawn from the textbook, other readings, and from information provided during  lectures. Lecture material is meant to supplement your understanding of concepts presented in the  textbook; therefore some questions on the exams will be drawn specifically from lectures, even if  those concepts are not covered in your text. As well, exams may include material from the  textbook that has not been discussed during lectures. A study guide will be provided prior to each  exam to provide students with more information and help them prepare.    Make­up exams – All students are expected to take exams at the scheduled times. If you miss an  exam due to illness, you must provide a doctor’s excuse within 24 hours following the scheduled  exam time. If you must miss an exam for any reason other than illness, you MUST email me with  a valid excuse at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a make­up exam. Failure to notify me in  advance will result in a zero on the exam. Please note that make­up exams must be completed  outside of regular class time. Because make­up exams are difficult to schedule, and administer, at  my discretion, the student’s score for the make­up exam may be reduced by up to 10%.  3 Critical Issue Group Presentation (50 points)  Description – The critical issue assignment requires that groups of students work together to  choose a topic (from a selection of topics that I provide or an alternative topic that is approved)  and provide a 15­minute presentation and handout to the class. As a group, you will be required to  identify and integrate two internet­based resources and two research articles on the topic you  choose and present this information to the class. More information about this assignment will be  made available to you in class and via Blackboard.   Plagiarism – Please refer to the “Academic Integrity” section summarized previously in the  syllabus.  Submitting Assignments – A copy of the presentation (electronic via Blackboard) and handout  (hard copy) are due at the start of class on the day of the presentation. One group member should  be responsible for turning in the group’s materials via Blackboard.  Research Summaries (2 @ 40 points each = 80 points)  Description – There will be two research summary assignments for this course. If you receive 34  or more points out of 40 on the first of these assignments, you do not need to complete the second  research summary assignment, and I will double the score you received on the first summary.  These research summaries will be based on articles related to various topics in the field of  exceptionality. Summaries will be approximately 3 pages in length, and due dates are listed in the  course schedule. Further details about these assignments will be made available to you in class and via Blackboard.   Plagiarism – Please refer to the “Academic Integrity and Plagiarism” section summarized  previously in the syllabus. I have the right to fail you on an assignment or fail you for the course  for plagiarism.  Submitting Assignments – Papers MUST be double­spaced and typed in 12­point Times New  Roman font with 1­inch margins on all sides. For all papers, references should follow APA style,  6  edition. Assignments are due at the start of class on the due date. Assignments should be turned in as hard copies in class AND electronically via Blackboard. Assignments turned in after the start of class will be considered late. Late assignments will be accepted up to 3 days beyond the due  date with a 25% deduction in points (i.e., if the deadline is Tuesday, work will be accepted  through Friday). Late assignments should also be submitted via hard copy AND Blackboard.  In­Class Activities (30 points) 4  Description – Throughout the semester I will offer a number of in­class activities to reward class  attendance, stimulate class discussion, and to clarify information related to course topics. These  may include brief written responses to introduce an issue or encourage critical thinking, video  follow­up questions, or small group activities that will be completed during the class period. There will be NO makeup points for these activities. Sometimes the dates of these activities are  announced in advance, and other times they are not. If you are not in class on the day of an  activity, you will NOT receive credit. These points are meant to reward students who attend and  participate in class activities. Even if you have a valid excuse for why you missed class, you will  not be allowed to make up these points. There will be more than 30 in­class activity points  available during the semester to allow you to earn extra credit during the semester or earn the full  30 points even if you miss a couple classes.  5 Course Schedule Readings are due the day the lecture topic begins unless otherwise noted. Additional readings will be  announced and posted on Blackboard. It is possible that this schedule will change, as some weeks we will  move more rapidly, and some more slowly. However, general deadlines will remain the same unless  otherwise indicated. (Week Seminar Topics/ Reading Assignments Test/Assignment Due ) Date (1) Topic: 8/30  Syllabus; Intro Survey; Course Introduction (1) 9/1 Topic:  Foundations Readings due:  Chapter 1 (2) 9/6 NO CLASS (LABOR DAY RECESS) (2) 9/8 Topic:  Foundations Readings due:  Chapter 2 (3) Topic: 9/13  Foundations (3) Topic: Critical Issue 9/15  Foundations Presentation (Group 1) Readings due:  Chapter 3 (4) Topic: Critical Issue 9/20  Assessment Presentation (Group 2) Readings due:  1 reading on Blackboard (Week 5 folder)  Review pp 41-43 (4) Topic: 9/22  Assessment (5) Topic: 9/27  RTI/MTSS  Evidence-Based Practices/Interventions Readings due:  3 readings on Blackboard (Week 4 folder) 6 (5) Topic: 9/29  Early Childhood Special Education  Mini-Lessons for Research Summary 1 (How to find articles & how to create APA-style reference) Readings due:  Chapter 14 (6) Topic: Critical Issue 10/4  Early Childhood Special Education Presentation (Group 3) (6) Exam Topics: Exam 1 10/6  Foundations; Assessment; RTI/MTSS, Evidence-Based Practices/Interventions; Early Childhood Special Education (7) Topic: Critical Issues 10/11  Learning Problems (Specific Learning Presentation (Group 4) Disabilities) Readings due:  Chapter 5 (7) Topic: Research Summary 1 10/13  Learning Problems (Specific Learning due Disabilities) (8) Topic: 10/18  Intellectual Disabilities Readings due:  Chapter 4 (8) Topic: Critical Issues 10/20  Intellectual Disabilities Presentation (Group 5) (9) Topic: 10/25  Communication Disorders (Speech/Language Impairments) Readings due:  Chapter 8 (9) Topic: 10/27  Communication Disorders (Speech/Language Impairments) (10) Topic: 11/1  Behavior Problems (Emotional 7 Impairments) Readings due:  Chapter 6 (10) NO CLASS (PROFESSOR AT CONFERENCE) 11/3 (11) Topic: Critical Issues 11/8  Behavior Problems (Emotional Presentation (Group 6) Impairments) (11) Topic: Critical Issues 11/10  Behavior Problems (Emotional Presentation (Group 7) Impairments) (12) Exam Topics: Exam 2 11/15  Learning Problems; Intellectual Disabilities; Communication Disorders; Behavior Problems (12) Topic: 11/17  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Readings due:  pp. 359-367  1 reading on Blackboard (Week 12 folder) (13) Topic: Research Summary 2 11/22  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder due (ADHD) Critical Issues Presentation (Group 8) (13) NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING) 11/24 (14) Topic: Critical Issues 11/29  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Presentation (Group 9) Readings due:  Chapter 7 (14) Topic: 12/1  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (15) Topic: Critical Issues 12/6  Gifted & Talented Presentation (Group 10) Readings due:  Chapter 13 (15) Topic: 12/8  Gifted & Talented  Final Exam Review Time 8 (Exam Final Exam Topics: FINAL EXAM Week) MONDAY 12/12  ADHD; ASD; Gifted & Talented; plus some 12/12 cumulative information 10:00-11:50 AM 9


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