Child Development 145 (01; 66-69) - Hembree
Controversial Issues in Child Development
Spring, 2012 



There will be two in class essay exams, each worth 50 points (out of a total of 300 for the semester). Exams will cover readings, lectures, and class activities and will be OPEN BOOK/NOTE. Please bring readings, notes, and a blue book to the exam.

 A study guide including important terms and concepts and sample questions will be posted on the course 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 specific 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. 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 or apply a particular concept. Partial credit is possible.

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

e.g. What are "critical periods"? Give an example.

II. 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 some possible essays on the study guide.

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. Study for the essays by "practicing" writing some of the sample essays.


General Study Suggestions

1.      Go over your class notes 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 and write about.

2.   Make sure that your notes are well-organized and that it is easy to find material.

3.   Don't rely on the fact that the exam is open note/book as a reason not to study. You will run out of time! Make sure that you are fully prepared to answer any question that might be posed.

4.   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, try writing a detailed outline from which to study.

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

6.   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, 2012

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