Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SWK 5223)

A course at the University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work taught by Carrie Jankowski, MSSW, LCSW

Month: October 2016 (Page 2 of 9)

Blog Post 9 – Peer Review and Influences of adolescent development

Darla’s website just needs a little tweaking…
My suggestions are to add more links to other websites, like OU and the School of Social Work. Also, more pages should be added for Resume, etc. And, lastly, placement of the menu – I like it on the side.

My adolescent development:

Negative Influence: A negative influence on my adolescence was the move that our family made from Houston to Dallas when I was 14. We had lived in the Houston area my entire life and I had grown up with my friends and their parents. Moving to a larger school where I did not know anybody caused me to have become shy and it was hard for me to make new friends. I had gone from a village to

Positive Influence: One positive influence was my involvement in sports – I was actually a very good swimmer all through my childhood and into my teens. This enable me to

BP9 Peer Review

I reviewed my peer’s blog and would like to make a few suggestions.  The layout of her blog was very easy to view and I like the format.  We both have found it challenging to figure out the blog and how to add content.  The font on the blog was blue on a green background and it was difficult to read.  I suggest that she change the font color or background to make it easier on the eyes to read.  Her picture was pleasing and the titles to her blogs were very helpful for searching topics.  My second suggestion would be to add more pages for a resume and professional activities that would showcase her skills and abilities and interests.  My third suggestion would be to add links to information for her readers if they would like to expand their knowledge.

One  positive aspect of my adolescence was my peer formation later in highschool.  I became part of a Pom Pon group that was comprised of girls who were high achievers and valued their academic performance.  Prior to this I had gone through the transition from a very small school to a large city school in 7th grade and became involved in poor peer groups and

 

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Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.

In review of my peer’s blog post I learned some things to implement into my own blog as well. One thing I would change was the layout used. The layout made the name small and also made the extra pages small. I found it hard to notice the other pages. I also thought the layout did not allow for much color and variance. The layout itself resembled something like a newspaper, which is great for a blog post alone, but not so impressive for the resume sections. Lastly, I would recommend making the resume page or the about me page the first page that comes up rather then the blog posts. The posts are good for writing samples and content, but I wouldn’t image it would be the first thing an employer would want to see.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

One positive aspect of my adolescent development would fit into the chapter’s section on leisure and work. I was very involved in sports. I played fast pitch softball in the summer and into the fall, basketball in the winter, slow pitch softball in the spring, cheerleading in the fall, and track in the spring. As the book states, athletic involvement in school programs helps the adolescent to have more desirable qualities than those who are not participating in extracurricular activities (Broderic & Blewitt, 2015).

A negative impact on my adolescent development would be the parenting styles of my grandparents who raised me. For my sister academic success was held to a higher importance and she was expected to get all A’s. For me, I was praised for only getting one C on a report card. I was deemed as the “not as smart” kid. This caused a lack of self confidence in my early college years and I did not do as well as I know see that I could have.

References:

Blewett, P., & Broderick, P.C. (2015). The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals.(4th Ed.). United States of America: Pearson.

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Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

I reviewed a colleague’s blog post in class. The blog was very well structured. I had a few suggestions to make this excellent blog even better and more appealing to employers. One thing the blog post did not have was a contact page, although there was a resume. I would add the contact page just to give employers more information about the person. The contact page can include additional emails or social media links. Another suggestion is to add a photo so employers can see what you look like. I would also add a page with experience or special projects that the person has done in their professional career.

One positive aspect of my adolescence would be my relationship with my step-mother. The text explains how adolescence is often a time when children and parents do not see eye to eye. But my relationship with my step-mother helped me through the difficult adolescent  times and experiences.  She served as an outlet for me to express how I feel and talk about anything, anytime. My own mother was not as understanding. One negative aspect that influenced my development were my peers and environment. In the town where I grew up there was not much for teens or kids to do. So trouble was always in the forecast. To be accepted, sometimes I had to pretend to be a person that I was not to be liked and feel accepted.

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Two part Blog Post:

Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

PART 1:

The first recommendation I would make for my peers website is to change the color scheme. The orange color of the link and titles does not contrast well with the white background, creating too much strain on my eyes.

The second recommendation for her website is the inclusion of a resume. As an employer looking at a potential worker, a resume is a must.

The third recommendation for my peers website is some information on the landing page that indicates what the website is about. Currently on the landing page is the blog role, however, without some contextual assistance the information in the blog role means nothing to someone visiting the website that doesn’t already know what it is.

PART 2:

One positive aspect of my childhood was my choice of peer selection, or who i surrounded myself with. (Broderick, p. 374) I had surrounded myself with friends that cared enough about high school that they were not willing to skip classes and insure that their homework was completed. Because of this, my peers had a positive influence in my own behaviors as I was working to imitate their own successes, an aspect of peer influence. (Broderick, p.388)

Also during my childhood, I spent a lot of time at my moms house outside the authoritative parenting style of my father. My mothers parenting style was more permissive and I was allowed to freely do what I want as long as the consequences did not affect her. This resulted in me making more risky behaviors (Broderick, p.389) than I usually would have taken under my fathers supervision.

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I reviewed Ashely’s page. I made the following recommendations: to expand on her about section, add maybe a touch of color to the website overall, and to site her credentials.

A positive aspect of my adolescent experience would have to be my mothers parenting style.   She adopted the parenting style of democracy (Blewitt & Broderick, 2015).

One negative experience as an adolescent was  the role of school. (Blewitt &a Broderick, 2015)

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Two part Blog Post:

Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.

In reviewing my peer’s student website, I recommended the following changes to their website to improve their marketability to an employer. First, provide a phone number within the contact heading section so a potential employer may contact them via telephone. Secondly, develop an “experience” heading to input work experience so a potential employer can gain insight into the student’s work history. Lastly, a recommendation was made to provide an explanation as to what specific field in Social Work the student wants to work in as this will assist in targeting specific employer’s for the applicant.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

One positive aspect that shaped my adolescent development was the authoritative parenting style from my mother who ensured that I dedicated myself to my academic progress and demanded that I stayed out of trouble and followed the rules in her home. Even though my mother was high on demand she was also high in warmth and responsiveness as she often engaged in conversation with me to understand the different issues I was dealing with as an adolescent. One negative aspect that shaped my adolescent development was peer selection as I made choices to associate with certain peers who were often getting into trouble or being mischievous. This had a negative impact on some of my behaviors and influenced me to rebel from my mother as a teen; however, my mother’s authoritative parenting style prevailed and steered me away from a life of deviant behavior.

 

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Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.

One of the three changes I would recommend to her website would be to add her goals. Adding goals shows any future employer what your plan for the future is. The next change I would recommend would be to have her website user friendly. When it is user friendly it makes it easier to navigate and allow the employer  to find all they information that makes you more employable. The final change I would recommend would be to include an about section with volunteer experience. This will show the employer what you have done other than work experience.

Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

I think one positive aspect of my adolescent development would be the leisure time I had with sports, friends, and church activities. In the book it talks about  how having outside activities that may be sponsored are important to help student excel in their academics and have noticeable traits about them.

One negative aspect would be the role media like TV and music played in my life. I definitely think those were both distractions and were not always positive. In the book it talks about the modeling process with media and how it can affect your aggression and the way in which you react to the real world.

BP 9

Two part Blog Post:

Referring to the peer review process for student websites, please state three changes you would recommend for your peer’s website and justify reasons for those changes.

Overall I really enjoyed my peer’s website.  The content was insightful and the layout was easy to follow.  IF I were an employer looking at my peer’s site, I would want to see their resume.  This would help me to see his experience, education and current position being held.  My peer’s website had a statement under their name.  I would want them to expand more on this statement creating their own personal statement.  This would give me insight into what is important to them.  In the about me section, I would of liked to see some personal information.  Having some personal information would help me to identify if the person is well rounded.
Citing the text for specific supportive evidence, name one positive aspect and one negative aspect that influenced your adolescent development.

During my childhood I always felt like I didn’t quite fit in with my family; however when I got to middle school I found a group of friends that I fit in with and everything changed for me.  I got confidence and  started establishing my self identity.  As my peer group got a little older, friends within my group began to experiment with alcohol.  And soon my peer group, including myself, was binge drinking every weekend.  My parents had a very dismissive parenting style during my adolescent years and I basically did whatever i wanted including drinking, staying out all night, and skipping school. My deviant behaviors in high school got me into some legal trouble and I found myself having to get a part time job to pay my court fees. This was a very negative experience for me; however I made friends at my job that were not partaking in deviant behaviors which turned into a positive experience for me.  I also learned positive independence, enhanced my self esteem, money management, and established a work ethic.  Broderick and Blewitt (2015) cited all of these as positive aspects that adolescents can obtain while working a part time job.

Broderick, P. C. & Blewitt, P. (2015). The Emerging Self and Socialization in the Early Years. The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th e., pp 180-181). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

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While reviewing Christina W’s website from the perspective of an employer, recommendations were made to add information under the “About” page to let future employers know more about who she is, to make her menu bar more accessible or easier to find to allow viewers to navigate through the website, and to add her resume somewhere on her website to let future employers now the great work she has completed through out her career.

Broderick and Blewitt (2015) express the importance of participating in  leisure activities during the adolescent years. Softball and being apart of the art club in high school granted me the opportunities that assisted in skill development,  working as a team, and creating social relationships. However, I also grew up during the time cell phones became more accessible, reality TV shows started, and the usage of the computer became a necessity. In return, this possibly could have lead to less communication with peers and loss of focus on responsibilities according to the authors.

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