Katarina is a first-generation Korean American. She claims to be an atheist raised by irreligious parents. She is still very close to her parents and has an older brother, Young, who has always been protective of her. She has a master’s degree in education and is a teacher at an inner-city high school. She is a 26-year-old lesbian, though not currently in a relationship, in part because she does not know what might happen with her work if she were to come out. She is also concerned with the reaction of her family as she is the only daughter.
Though Katarina loves teaching, she struggles to connect with some of the inner-city youth who have very different values from her own, especially those related to education. She is often frustrated by how much time she spends trying to motivate her students to pay attention and make even minimal effort on their assignments. She also confesses that she does not feel respected and wonders if it is because of her race as well as because she is soft-spoken and often shorter than her students. She admits that she would never be so disrespectful to any of her teachers and does not understand why youth in America do not value education more. Katarina has thought about quitting the job but is afraid that she will bring shame on her family if she just quits.
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Katarina has turned to you for help with these issues because she really does not know where else to go.
Description of LASA:
For this LASA, you will use the case scenario of Katarina and apply what you have learned in this course and your program so far. As her counselor, you will use your textbook, the articles assigned in the course, and additional research to write a 6- to 10-page paper in APA format, addressing the following areas:
Identify at least two things you have in common with Katarina which will help to develop some rapport.
Identify at least three potential differences between you and Katarina and describe how you will address those in your counseling with her.
Analyze where you believe Katarina to be in her identity development on at least two different identity development models and how you will meet her where she is in her development. Identify what additional assessments you might use or how you might gather additional information to gain a clear understanding of her worldview.
Outline how you will advocate for Katarina and assist her to advocate for herself.
Evaluate whom you will need to include in your work with Katarina and how they will be included. Also, identify at least two community resources that you would recommend for Katarina.
Finally, address any potential ethical concerns related to working with Katarina and what actions you might take to mitigate them.
Your final product will be a 6- to 7-page (excluding title page and reference list) Microsoft Word document written in APA format. Utilize at least five scholarly sources.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.