Capstone Project: Life Stage Presentation
Students will design an educational presentation about a specific life stage for an audience of their choosing. Students will choose a life stage that was covered in this course (any developmental stage between prenatal and end of life). Students will also choose at least two developmental theories that were examined in this course (any theories covered in the course including Erickson, Piaget, Vygotsky, etc.)Once students have chosen one life stage and two theories, they will create a powerpoint presentation of at least 15 slides worth of content (plus 1 title slide and 1 reference slide for a total of at least 17 slides) to educate their audience about several key features of that life stage. Students are encouraged to be creative, include graphics, and make the presentation interesting to follow, as you would if you were actually preparing to present this to a live audience.Students should create a research-based presentation based on research gathered from at least 5 peer-reviewed academic sources. In other words, this presentation should not be based on the students opinion or experience; rather, the presentation should be based on information and research results gathered from reputable, scientific sources. Website citations do not count toward the 5 required academic sources. The presentation should include the following sections (note: Students are encouraged to use the following headings throughout the presentation. An approximate slide-count is provided for additional guidance, but students are free to use their own judgment as well):
(1 slide) Title: Name of the presentation, your name, and any additional content you feel is needed.
(1 slide) Introduction: Include the type of audience you are presenting to (e.g., church, school, adult group, mental health agency) and an explanation of what phase of life you will present on and why it is an important phase for others to learn about. You can feel free to creatively welcome you audience on this introduction slide if you would like.
(3-4 slides) Typical Characteristics: Based on developmental research, present on the typical characteristics of the phase of life, specifically providing a thorough discussion of the expected physical, cognitive, and socioemotional developmental process. The typical characteristics of this life phase should be described in detail with examples provided. This section should also include a comparison of two developmental theories and how they explain the developmental characteristics of your chosen life phase. For example, what does Erickson have to say about the typical characteristics seen in the early adult phase of life? And what does Piaget have to say about the typical characteristics seen in the early adult phase of life? What are the similarities and differences between the two theories and how they describe this phase of life?
(2-3 slides) Challenges: Based on developmental research, present at least three potential challenges that can disrupt typical development throughout the phase. The typical challenges of this life phase should be described in detail with examples provided. This section should also include a comparison of two developmental theories and how they explain the developmental challenges of your chosen life phase. For example, what does Erickson have to say about the typical challenges seen in the early adult phase of life? And what does Piaget have to say about the typical challenges seen in the early adult phase of life? What are the similarities and differences between the two theories and how they describe this phase of life?
(2-3 slides) Protective Factors: Based on developmental research, discuss at least three protective factors that can help keep a person healthy throughout the phase; at least one of the recommendations should be a faith-based option for audience-members who would want to utilize faith integration.
(2-3 slides) Advocacy: Explain what everyday people can do to help advocate for this specific phase of life. In other words, how can we as a community/church/family help individuals going through that specific life stage? Suggest any specific action for community/church/family members to take that may help further peoples education about development in this stage and/or provide help or resources.
(1 slide) Conclusion: On one slide, provide a final summary snapshot of your presentation, in order to highlight the key messages related to the typical characteristics, the challenges, the protective factors, and the community advocacy ideas. That is, if your audience-member was going to learn one slides-worth of information, what should it be?
(1 slide) References: Provide a complete list of APA formatted academic references from your presentation. Also, please remember to include in-text citations on each slide, just as you would an essay-formatted paper. This presentation requires at least 5 peer-reviewed, academic sources.