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SPCL 7900 Theories of Human Development: SESSION 2 - Module 1, continued

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7900 course.


Please complete the following PRIOR to our Zoom session on September 8:

1. Readings

Read the assigned readings (DT 3&4).

2. Discussion Board

Go to Blackboard to the Discussion Board link and post to the "Session #2forum.

Write a discussion question based on this week’s assigned readings. Read the questions already posted, and do not repeat a question asked by one of your classmates. Your question should relate directly to an issue discussed in the reading and should require a thoughtful response. Don’t ask a question which can be answered by looking up the answer. Attitude, opinion, and application questions usually get thoughtful responses.

Participation in a student-led discussion consists of the following 4 steps:

A. Post your question. This must be done within the first few days of the module – do not wait till right before we meet synchronously on Zoom. This will be your thread – you will be the discussion leader. Your job is to facilitate this discussion and get as much information from the other participants as you can that relates to the question you have asked.

B. Read the questions posted by your classmates and respond to AT LEAST THREE of them. Choose the threads you think will be the most interesting and beneficial to you. You will be a participant in these threads.

C. Respond to every student who responds to you. Do this in your own thread as well as the other threads you are participating in.

D. Continue participating in the threads until the module is over.

Note: If other students are not selecting your thread to participate in, perhaps it is because your question is too complex, confusing, or uninteresting. In this case, substitute another question.

3. Prepare for Blackboard Quiz (RAT#2)

The 5-question multiple-choice quiz will be on the assigned readings. This RAT will be made available to your designated quiz time (3:40 or 6:30 pm). Our Zoom session will commence right after the quiz at 4:10 or 7:00, depending on your course section.


In this session we discuss risk and protective factors in development. We also explore development within a variety of contexts: the child, family, and community.