Child Development 138 (03) - Hembree
Social and Emotional Development
California State University, Sacramento
Spring, 2011 



There will be three non-cumulative exams, each worth 50 points. Exams will cover readings, lectures, class activities, and videos. There will be three sections to each exam: (a) multiple choice, (b) short answer, and (c) short essay.

A study guide will be posted on the web page one week prior to each exam. I will write the exam based on this guide. I will spend a portion of class time before the exam reviewing possible essay questions and answering specific questions about terms and concepts on the guide. You are also encouraged to email me with questions concerning the study guide.

There are no scheduled make-up exams. If there is a scheduling problem, you must speak with me prior to the (day of the) exam. The only valid excuses for missing an exam are: (a) official University business, (b) illness, or (c) family emergency. All of these require documentation (e.g., letter from doctor) to be valid. 

Exam guides
Exam guides will be posted one week before each exam.


Tips and Sample Questions 

I. Multiple Choice 

Multiple choice questions are worth one point each.

Tips: Read question thoroughly, including all possible responses. Eliminate any responses you are certain are incorrect before making your final choice.

1. The current perspective known as behaviorism may be traced to the philosophy of:

  1. Jean Jacque Rousseau

  2. John Locke

  3. Charles Darwin

  4. Jean Piaget

2.  Two observers are sent to watch children's aggressive behavior on the playground. Afterwards they compare notes and find that observer A recorded twice as many aggressive acts as observer B. Their measure of aggression is NOT:

  1. simple enough

  2. reliable

  3. representative

  4. predictive

 II. Short answer questions

Short answer questions are designed to be answered in 2-3 sentences. In many cases, you are asked to provide a definition and an example. Each question is worth two points and partial credit is possible.

Tips:  Be sure to answer entire question and provide an example if requested. Be specific, without being lengthy.

1. Name one advantage and one disadvantage of longitudinal studies.

2. What are "critical periods"? Give an example.

III. Short essay

Short essay questions are designed to be answered in about a page (depending on the size of your writing. Partial credit is possible (though not guaranteed). I will provide you with a list of 3-4 possible essays on the study guide, from which I will choose one for the exam. The essay question is worth 10 points.

Tips: Be succinct! There is no need to restate the question in your answer, as it is right in front of me as I grade your response. Do a little planning (an outline) before you begin writing. Be sure to write complete sentences and well organized, coherent paragraphs.


General Study Suggestions

1.   Go over your class notes (by the way, you SHOULD takes notes in this class!!) and readings (taking notes on your readings is helpful!). Note any confusion and ASK QUESTIONS. Clear up your confusions in class or (better) come see me during office hours (or make an appointment). When you understand the material, it is easier to remember.

2.    Use the study guide to list information about each term or concept. You will quickly see what "holes" you have. Often flashcards are useful for this purpose. Remember, I write the exam directly from the study guide, so structure your studying around the study guide. For essays, write a detailed page-long outline from which to study, or even practice writing the answer to each question.

3.    Study with a friend (or friends). Quiz each other.

4.   Don't wait until the night before to study for the exam. It is unlikely that you will be able to do all the things you need to do well on the exam in one evening!


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California State University, Sacramento
College of Education
Department of Child Development

Updated: January, 2011

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