Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Implications for Parents and Teachers
Listen to a discussion of our current understanding of the causes of disorders such as Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Strategies and approaches which parents and teachers can use to create supportive, less stressful environments for children facing these challenges will be presented. In addition, an examination will be made of the particular kind of rage or storm episodes or defiance of authority figures which proves so difficult for the adults who interact with adolescents who have these disorders.
Dr. Judith Newman
Effective Writing Techniques for High School and College Students
Next to a trip to the dentist or the dean’s office, few things are more disturbing to some students than a blank page and a writing assignment. Effective writing is less difficult than some writer’s block sufferers might imagine. A few insiders’ tips are all some students need to get started and to succeed in crafting successful, effective essays and term papers.
Human Memory Phenomena
Do you have trouble remembering where you left your keys, cell phone, and glasses? Do people really remember where they were when JFK was assassinated? Can confusion actually help you to remember something at a later time? Must our memories get fuzzier as we get older? Can we even tell which memories we should trust? Psychologists have collected and analyzed a wide variety of data on the myths and realities of human memory. Learn about their findings and the ways in which the information might be useful to you and to others.
Dr. Theodore Wills
Life Long Learning
Education does not have to end with high school or college graduation. In fact, one should never stop learning. People who participate in life long learning experiences develop increased self-confidence levels which empower them in all areas of their lives. A wide variety of structured and unstructured programs provide opportunities for adults to develop new skills, keep their minds active, make new social contacts and even find new career opportunities. There are life long learning options suitable for everyone. Discover some of the alternatives and the ways in which to locate and become involved in them.
Dr. Jane Owens
Navigating the Murky Waters of the College Application Process
Selecting an appropriate, affordable college is one of the greatest challenges facing high school seniors and some second semester juniors. In addition to the potential schools’ locations, tuitions, sizes, and course offerings, future applicants and their parents need to take many other factors into consideration. In addition to helping students and their parents to form workable, personal timelines for testing, visiting, and applying, this presentation—suitable for parents, students, teachers, and counselors—will provide suggestions for achieving academic and social success once the actual college experience has begun.
Revisiting the Nature-Nurture Controversy
Researchers have long tried to determine whether hereditary or environmental factors exert a greater influence upon a person’s actions, personality, health, etc. This presentation offers a unique perspective on the debate. After a review of the philosophical roots of this controversy, we will journey through the 1900s to see how the controversy was addressed in research with children, especially concerning intelligence. We will then relate the controversy to issues such as autism, attention deficit disorder and child temperament (e.g., focusing on the ways in which brain chemistry influences a child’s temperament which, in turn, impacts upon and is impacted by a parent’s behavior). The importance of nurturing a child’s nature or allowing a good fit between the child’s genetic predispositions and their environments will be emphasized.
Dr. Judith Newman
Spiritual Values and Public Schools: Morality and Education
Some individuals and groups believe that our nation’s schools are failing to guide youngsters to develop a strong, positive sense of right and wrong. Others feel that spirituality and morality are best taught at home or by religious organizations. Joining an in-depth examination of this highly complex issue might help participants to clarify their own value systems as well as to understand the legal and emotional aspects of the dilemma which often make finding working options and compromises so difficult to accomplish.
Dr. Ronald Zigler
Teaching Literature Interactively
Motivating some students to enjoy literature can prove to be quite challenging. An interactive approach to reading instruction can excite reluctant readers and enhance the experiences of their more enthusiastic peers. This presentation is designed for middle school and senior high school teachers who are looking for techniques to increase their students’ appreciation of a wide variety of literary genres.
Dr. Ellen Knodt
The Big Ten University in your Neighborhood
Penn State Abington offers two- and four-year degrees in a wide variety of programs at an affordable price and in a safe, picturesque setting. Learn about the services and opportunities Abington College can provide for traditional students, adults, businesses, and community groups. Presentations can be structured to meet the individual needs of diverse groups.
Penn State Abington Faculty and Staff
The Gifted Student
Gifted students have special needs which are not always met in traditional educational programs. Sometimes these pupils are not identified until they have reached the secondary level or beyond. This presentation, designed for parents and teachers, looks at techniques for identifying gifted students, articulates their special needs, and delineates the qualities of effective programs for these youngsters.
Dr. Lita Linzer Schwartz
Trends in Higher Education: Education’s Role in Our Nation’s Economic Development
Few subjects raise more controversy and debate than the place higher education should hold in contemporary society. Should it train students for specific careers, foster the growth of value systems, serve the communities in which the institutions are located, and/or strive to perpetuate democratic ideals? Examine the options. Discover the varied roles post-secondary institutions are currently taking in providing leadership in our country’s educational, social, and technological development. Then consider our colleges’ and universities’ unexplored potential and determine the future contributions they might be able to provide.
Dr. Karen Wiley Sandler
Understanding the Teenage Brain: Implications for Parents
The concept of the teenage brain may to some seem to be a contradiction in terms; however, this work in progress not only exists, but also demonstrates very unique characteristics. Based upon the results of research into adolescent brain activity, personality, identity, and intellectual development, suggestions for “appropriate” parenting of teens will be offered.
Dr. Judith Newman