Assignments

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The purpose of the Blog is to create a forum for thinking through the ideas that we are addressing in the course in relation to practice.

The Conceptual Framework assignment is as an opportunity to begin to develop your thesis/project theoretical/conceptual framework, which can then be extended in CYC543 when you write your full proposal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” active_section=”1″ title=”Theoretical Perspectives in Child & Youth Care Blog ” no_fill=”true” collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”Blog” tab_id=”1441579616490-ab656a05-1b4d”][vc_column_text]You will create your own blog. You don’t have to use your name. You may invent one. The audience for your blog are practitioners (you should/can choose who will be the practitioners that you would write for).

Each post should be approximately 500 words, including references. You are also welcome to include visuals in your blog – make sure that the images are linked to the ideas addressed in the blog). Your blog will engage with the ideas and concepts addressed in the readings. I will post provocations/questions/wonderings each week in my blog. You might want to engage with these in your blog.

In addition to writing your own posts, you are to respond/comment on at least two of your classmates’ posts (no more than 200 words for each response). We want to create a lively space for dialogue. So, please make sure that your comments are engaging. This means that your comments should extend the ideas included in the original posting, instead of merely agreeing or disagreeing with the post. The purpose is to create a ‘community of learning’.

You are then invited to reply to the comments in your post. Again, make sure that you extend the discussion.

Dates for Postings: Your postings should be online by no later than Fridays. Your responses should be posted by no later than Sundays.

Your First Task: Please send Veronica the link to your blog by September 21st.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Blog Threads” tab_id=”1441580217338-f478e629-5edf”][vc_column_text]I will grade four blog threads (that is, your post and responses to the comments others have provided). The first submission, due October 30th, will include your selection of two blog threads from weeks 3 to 6. The second submission, due December 4th, will include your selection of two blog threads from weeks 7 to 10. Each blog thread is worth 30% of your final grade.

Note that I will not provide a grade to your submissions until all weekly posts and responses are online. In other words, I will grade your portfolio only after all required postings are completed. Please be mindful that this is a collective assignment, and your involvement, or lack of involvement, will affect your classmates. Please talk or write to me if you are having difficulties meeting course expectations.

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  • Postings incorporate ideas from the readings, and reach beyond them
  • Postings are written having practitioners in mind; yet, they maintain the complexity of the ideas presented in the readings
  • Postings invite readers to be curious, open, imaginative
  • Postings draw the readers into deeper understandings of and future possibilities for CYC
  • Postings are respectful to ideas that the writer might disagree with, and use respectful language
  • Postings are thoughtful and well crafted (for instance: paragraphs only communicate one idea at a time; there is no repetition; ideas follow from each other; the writer uses transitions to connect paragraphs; the posting includes an introduction, a body, and a conclusion)
  • Postings are well-written (grammar, spelling, punctuation), and follows APA guidelines
  • Postings are submitted in a timely manner

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Writing a Blog” tab_id=”1441674089420-1c769d3e-8c78″][vc_column_text]Are you wondering how to write a blog?  Here are some great sites:

Nine Signs of an Effective Blog Post

Legal Guide for Bloggers

Here are a list of Tips for Effective Blogging (source: https://mco435.wordpress.com/assignments/blogging-assignment/)

A blog involves much more than just the content posted. There are three keys to being an effective blogger:

  • Writing engaging, thought-provoking, and intelligent posts that encourage others to respond. Each post should have an argument, express a point of view, and indicate an openness to conversation (often by asking a question that invites reader comment).
  • Responding to those who comment, to foster dialogue
  • Engaging with others in the blogosphere, in their own spaces

How do you persuade people to interact with your blog? This is one of the hardest parts of any social media effort, but there are things you can do to improve the chances of fostering discussion and successfully entering the blogging community.

Make sure your own posts encourage comments by:

  • Linking meaningfully. Use link text that tells readers where you are sending them, and/or gives an indication of the content. “This post” is not a meaningful link.
  • Identifying people & organizations named. This is both courteous, and can let others know you’re talking about them, which can encourage discussion.
  • Expressing an opinion, or at least a strong angle. Give people something to talk about.
  • Asking a question. Make it clear that you are open to interaction.
  • Writing clearly and correctly.

Similarly, your approach to comments should also focus on encouraging interaction:

  • Elaborate on the person’s post or remarks
  • Answer a question, offer suggestions, link to resources
  • Respect boundaries and etiquette

 

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Create your Blog” tab_id=”1441676776516-28548057-fa7a”][vc_column_text]The blog will be your professional presence on the web.  Please create a professional website.

If you are new to creating a blog, you might find Blogger easy to use.  Or try Weebly – which I used for my personal website. Both of these are very simple.

Or you might like to build your blog on Word Press. The course website was built with Word Press.

If you already have a professional blog, go ahead and use it for this course.  You might want to enhance it.

Feel free to select your preferred platform!!

Finally, here is a great site that you might like to explore:   http://easyedutools.weebly.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_accordion active_section=”1″ title=”Developing Your Theoretical Framework ” collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”Poster Presentation for Class Conference ” tab_id=”1441578489629-1a2f59d6-2528″][vc_column_text](creative presentation) – Class conferences will take place during the first half hour of each seminar. Students will circulate the room and hear what each presenter has produced (I expect that at least 2 individuals will present each week). The duration of each presentation will be based on how many presenters we have each week. We will make these decisions together on Sept 14th.

The individual presentations will be visual accounts (not text based) of how the ideas that are addressed in the readings might be useful to your your research. The task is to put the concepts in the articles ‘to work’. How might you employ the concepts/ideas addressed in the readings to frame your research? What might these ideas generate in your research? How might the concepts presented in the readings ‘come to life’ in your own scholarship? In other words, you are invited to contextualize the readings. This is NOT a presentation about the readings. It’s about how you might use the ideas from this course to theorize your scholarly work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Class Facilitation ” tab_id=”1441578489844-7a4ddd22-7241″][vc_column_text]After the class conference, the team will facilitate one hour of group discussion, as class members make connections between what they have read and what they have learned during the class conference. The presenters will facilitate a discussion, linking all of the posters and the readings.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Conceptual Framework Paper” tab_id=”1441578732618-f6cd27c8-0bd6″][vc_column_text]Write an academic paper (no longer than 5-pages, excluding references) that outlines a theoretical framework for your thesis/project (drawing closely on course readings).

The final paper will be due when you are ready to submit it – but no later than Dec 4th. Please keep this in mind… I plan to read and provide feedback at least twice before you submit the final paper for me to grade.

After I provide feedback on a draft, you will submit a revised draft version that incorporates my comments and suggestions. In addition, please submit a summary of how my comments and suggestions were addressed or why not.

Please consider the following as you plan to write and submit this paper:

  • I need at least one entire week to read and provide feedback on each draft
  • The drafts will not be graded, but they are mandatory. I will not grade the final paper if you have not submitted your drafts in a timely fashion
  • I will not accept drafts or final papers that have not considered my previous feedback (this does not mean that you have to agree with my suggestions, but at the very least write a substantiated summary explaining why you haven’t incorporated my comments in your revised draft).
  • Your grade for this assignment will not include the presentation/facilitation. I hope that the presentation and facilitation are another opportunity to try out the ideas in your paper and to seek feedback from your classmates. Another policy… in order for me to incorporate your theoretical framework grade into your final grade, you need to successfully complete your poster presentation and class facilitation.  This paper is worth 40% of your final grade

Your first task: Email me with a schedule of your selected due dates by September 20th. I want to know when you will submit the first draft, the second draft, and the final paper.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Criteria for Grading the Theoretical Framework Paper” tab_id=”1441578760236-24b6b6f7-323b”][vc_column_text]

  • The paper presents a clearly articulated framework
  • The paper engages with insightful, critical and relevant questions about the topic as it employs concepts and issues raised in course readings
  • Students demonstrate a level of sophisticated understanding of the material covered
  • The paper is thoughtful and well crafted (for instance: paragraphs only communicate one idea at a time; there is no repetition; ideas follow from each other; the writer uses transitions to connect paragraphs; the posting includes an introduction, a body, and a conclusion; a consistent position on a specific issue or a variety of issues/ideas that are well developed)
  • The paper is well-written (grammar, spelling, punctuation), and follows APA guidelines

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