Human Development
Week #4



Week #4 Announcement

Greetings in the Name of Christ!

Wow!  We are really romping through human development.  Keep holding on.  We are already focusing on Middle Childhood.  Can you think back to those years?  For many people, middle school was one of the most hurtful times of their lives.  I don’t’ think there is a day that goes by that I don’t have clients in my practice who have been affected by bullying in middle school.  Such bullying can have life-long effects on individuals.  Because of the importance of this topic, I have compiled a tremendous amount of resources on bullying on my internet site (  The information is listed under “Top Links,” “Bullying.”  Have a look.  And pass the link on to people you know who might need the information.

Assignments :  Here are the 3 required assignments for Week #4. 

1.     Read Chapters 9 & 10, and take Quiz 4.  Watch 4 presentations. 

2.     Discussion Board Posting:  The topic for this week is: Plagiarism & Moral Dev.   


“In Week 1 you read through the three different websites on plagiarism. This week's reading in Feldman is about Kohlberg’s theory of Moral Development.  How does this theory inform our understanding of plagiarism, intentional vs. unintentional, and moral development?  Keep in mind, after one has been fully informed of the different types of plagiarism is it REALLY unintentional and how does that play into moral development. 


Some of you may have problems understanding the question posed above.  One way of paraphrasing this is:  “Is there anything that you have learned from Kohlberg’s theory of Moral Development that would shed light on whether plagiarism (when it is committed by well-informed adults), could really be considered to be “unintentional?”  You might also want to consider whether there would ever be a situation where plagiarism could be justified (even by the most moral Christians among us)?  Did Jesus ever demonstrate “postconventional morality,” by breaking the laws of man because he was following a “universal set of moral principles”)?

Make sure you put effort into these postings.  Familiarize yourself with the question being asked and the discussion board rubric that will be used to grade the DB postings.  Work on your writing skills.  Get help from the writing resources that are listed under the Resource list that appears in the Appendix of your Course Spreadsheet.

You must post an original thread of 400 words.  Threads are due by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. (ET) of the pertinent modules.

Note:  Please make sure you use proper citations in your postings and include a reference list of any articles you may have used.

3.     Two Discussion Board Replies:    You must post two replies in 200 words each to at least two of your classmates’ threads.   At least two replies are due by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (ET) .  Make sure these are original replies and that you are not just posting the same content twice. 

4.     Annotated Bibliography:  You will need to turn in your Annotated Bibliography this week.  The annotated bibliography is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 4.

Additional Activities:  By now, you should have most, if not all, of the articles you are going to use for your Research Paper.  As you are reading these articles for your Annotated Bibliography, you should begin developing the structure and organization of your Research Paper.  The Research Paper Template (available in the Course Spreadsheet) should help you with this process.  At the end of Week #5, you will be required to turn in your Thesis Statement.  This will only be possible if you have a good idea of the main argument/conclusion of your Research Paper. 

Applications:   In my earlier years as a professor, I taught a course on Intelligence Testing at the doctoral level.  I also learned a great deal about psychological testing during my Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Disabilites.  Although intelligence tests are limited, they do provide valuable information that is especially useful in an academic setting.  Although intelligence tests don’t tell you whether you are going to be joyful in life, they are a pretty good predictor of how well you will do in the classroom.

My three children were all intellectually gifted.  I taught them that their intelligence was a simply a gift from God, and that this did not make them “better” than anyone else.  As they grew up, instead of focusing on their school grades, I focused on whether they were “using their gifts.”  In fact, I encouraged them to use their gifts to help others. 

Recently, a controversy over intelligence testing has been brewing.  Some consider such tests to be prejudicial, or even racist.  Like any other tool, when used in the wrong hands, and with the wrong motives, they can hurt more than help.

I could talk for hours on this topic, I think I’ll stop here. 

Blessings to you all,

Dr. Campbell