120611 - • The Harlem Children’s Zone Project o Life...

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Soc of the Life Course Prof Kristen Schultz Lee 12/6/11 Announcements o TODAY : in-class review for exam; deadline for submitting peer evaluations (through UB Learns only) & course evaluation confirmations (paper copies only) https://ubcats.cas.buffalo.edu o Thursday 12/8 : in-class 3rd exam Overview o Lifelong development and aging o Disrupting Trajectories If early-life experiences are linked to later-life outcomes, how can we change later-life outcomes? Head Start Harlem Children’s Zone Social Change and the Life Course Perspective o Course Recap o Exam Review Lifelong Development and Aging o Aging is not the same as “old age.” o Human development does not end in early adulthood. Erik Erikson’s (1902-1994) Developmental Stages for Later Life o Generativity: o Ego-integrity: coming to terms with one’s life in old age Disrupting Trajectories o If early-life experiences are linked to later-life outcomes, how can we change later-life outcomes? Sampson and Laub? Berkman? What about achievement trajectories?
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Unformatted text preview: • The Harlem Children’s Zone Project o Life Course Approach to diverting trajectories of poverty and low achievement o Their greatest successes have been with the younger children • Social Change and the Life Course Perspective o An attention to linked lives, socio-historical context, timing, and human agency may be the key to disrupting patterns of social inequality • What is the life course perspective? o An approach to conducting research o A tool for critical analysis o A way of thinking about the world • How is this relevant to my life? o An understanding of the “normative” life course trajectory o An understanding of how decisions you make today could influence your future o Critical thinking in everyday interactions. • Key Points o Explain what is meant by a life course attention to lifelong development. o How does the Harlem Children’s Zone incorporate a life course perspective in their programming? • Exam Review...
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