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Interviews Across the Lifespan Due: Friday, 4/29/16 by 11:59pm 50 points Final submission and grading criteria will be available in Week 4 The purpose of this assignment is to gain a better understanding of human development across the lifespan by integrating specific course concepts and principles with the life experiences of others. By learning and thinking about experiences from different perspectives and various life stages, we will have an opportunity to demonstrate how class information applies to development in “real life”. General Overview : For this assignment, you will (1) conduct four interviews with different * people that pertain to their specific place in the life cycle, and (2) write a reflection paper that summarizes and analyzes the information obtained from these interviews, and integrates this evidence with course content. In addition to illustrating development relative to stage-specific “milestones”, you will also analyze the information obtained from these interviews based on our reading from Week 1. In particular, the primary theme of this assignment is that development is plastic (changes throughout the lifespan) and that development takes place within several contexts (Ecological Systems Theory; for example, how did the socio-historical context shape the interviewees’ development for the specific life stage for which you are interviewing them?). Use these as a guide for your interview questions and the overall theme for your paper. *You may include an immediate family member (i.e., child, partner, parent, sibling) for one of the four interviews, otherwise please request an interview from extended family members, friends, co-workers, etc. This will promote a variety of perspectives and make for a more interesting assignment overall. If you are having trouble finding people to interview, we may organize a way to connect with others in this class and “share” our networks for this assignment. J If this is the case, please post in Course Questions so we can work together on this. Getting Organized : The Interviews: These interviews are relatively informal and should last approximately 15-20 minutes each. They can be conducted over the phone or face-to-face (please do not conduct these online). Begin each interview by identifying your purpose (i.e., a course assignment examining development in various life stages), and assuring your interviewee that even though you will be taking notes, his/her responses will remain confidential. Based on your preference, let your interviewee know whether they are free to expand on the topic or if you will follow a more structured format for the interview. If you find that an interviewee’s responses are too brief or uninformative, follow up with questions that may help them elaborate (for example, “ that’s interesting ; can you please tell me more about that? ”).
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Rapport building is an important part of this process.
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