EDE 205 Child Psychology
S2T 2011 DL
Hollister, Milan M.
Senior Online Instructor
B.A. PsychologyM.Ed. CounselingPh.D Spiritual Couseling
7:00 am to 11:00 am Monday-Friday
Textbook: Discovering Child Development, 2nd Edition
Authors: Martin & Fabes
Publisher: Wadsworth/Centage learning
Additional Resources: APA Style Manual
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
Prenatal Development and Birth
The First 2 Years
The Play Years
The School Years
Public Policy – Child Development
Views of Child Development in different cultures.
The observation can occur in any setting where children can be found. Each student needs to make an arguable claim (thesis statement) that will be the central theme of this research paper. They will then use the observations, class discussions, and literature as evidence to support their arguable claim. Each student will have to focus on the five different developmental periods, public policy, and cultural influences on development as they apply to their arguable claim. The 3 hours used for the observations need to be recorded in a student developed observation sheet. Each paper will need to have the completed observation sheets attached as an appendix. The paper will need to be double spaced. The paper will need to use APA style when citing references and will need an APA style references list. The paper will need to have 7 references including the textbook. 3 of the 7 references will need to be empirically based research reports from a refereed professional journal. The student will need to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate these observations and the literature that they have cited. They will propose a plausible developmental research question based on their observations. They will then suggest a possible developmental research design that they could use to investigate the research question and discuss why that design was selected. The research questions and design section needs to be a small part of the paper and does not need to be the central theme of the paper. It needs to be a seamless part of the paper and not a separate section. The paper will be worth up to 300 points. To see what is required and how the points will be distributed, see the rubric below and the Core Assessment Rubric at the end. See the graphic below for a list of paper requirements.
Research Paper Requirements
Differences and similarities between the 7 topic areas are outlined in comparison with the literature.
7 or more references are used from the literature. These references provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined. Three of the references are empirical reports from a scientific journal.
Each paper consistently uses developmental terms appropriately with less than 5 errors.
The research paper contains the following sections: APA citations, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, and APA formatted references page.
A student created graph (not a copy of someone else’s graph) is included to make a point to arguer for your arguable claim.
The student develops a plausible research question that is a natural extension of the literature reviewed in the paper. This does not have to be the major theme of the paper, but should be included seamlessly in the paper.
The research paper will also include the following: Focus (arguable claim, original idea, & clear controlling idea), Development (full discussion, smooth style, & personal experiences), Organization (smooth transitions, clear paragraphing, & logical sequence of topics), Mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling).
The research paper identified cultural variations found in adult development in relation to the first four topic areas.
The research paper identified public policy issues that affect the first four topic areas.
PS205-Core Assessment Rubric
Exceeds Expectation (2)
Meets Expectation (1)
Does Not Meet Expectation (0)
Analysis & Evaluation Outcomes - 1, 2, 5
Compared and contrasted 5-6 topic areas and corresponding literature. 9 or more references from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper. Three of the references should be empirical and refereed research articles.
Compared and contrasted 3-4 topic areas and corresponding literature. 7-9 references from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper. Three of the references should be empirical and refereed research articles
Compared and contrasted 1-2 topic areas and corresponding literature. 1-4 reference(s) from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper.
Application Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in the first 4 topic areas.
Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in 2-3 of the first 4 topic areas.
Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in one of the first 4 topic areas.
Whole Artifact Outcome - 5
The research paper meets expectations while including a student developed graphic or table.
The research paper contains the following sections: APA citations, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, and APA formatted references page. The research paper will also include the following: Focus (arguable claim, original idea, & clear controlling idea), Development (full discussion, smooth style, & personal experiences), Organization (smooth transitions, clear paragraphing, & logical sequence of topics), Mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling).
The research paper contains the following sections: Cover page, Abstract – summary of Project, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, APA formatted references page.
Class Assessment: Core Assessment - Research Paper :
Each student will write one research paper, divided into two parts. The first part will be the Introduction to your research paper, and will be due at the end of Week 3. The second part will be the Method, Results, Discussion, References, Figure Captions, and the Figure (graph) itself.
Before you turn in the final version of the research paper, which is due at the end of Week 7, you will copy your corrected version of the first part of your paper to the second part, so that the final research paper includes a Title page, Abstract page, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References, Figure Captions, and at least one Figure. Each student will conduct three 3-hour observations with children at three stages of their development: Infancy (0-2 years), the play years (2-5 years), and the School years (5-12 years).
The paper will be worth 100 points, 50 points for Part 1 (introduction and review of the literature), and 50 points for Part 2 (Method, Results, Discussion, References, Figure captions, and Figures).
Details for this assignment are under Week 1 - Research Paper Overview. This includes guidelines and points awarded for each part of the assignment.
Additionally, in Week 3 the details for Part 1 are repeated. And in Week 7 the details for Part 2 are repeated.
You will create a summary of your Research Paper using PowerPoint. A description of how to build the PPT and how many points each section is worth is in Week 7.
The PPT will be posted to the Dropbox for the instructor. It will also be posted to Doc Sharing so your classmates can download it to review the results of your research paper. The PowerPoints will be used as a basis for the Discussion topic in Week 8.
Grading: ASSESSMENT POINTS
10 pts each
20 pts each
Research Report Pt.1
Research Report Pt.2
10 pts each
20 pts each
Research Report Pt.1
Research Report Pt.2
Number of Points
423 - 470
90 - 100%
376 - 422
80 - 89.9%
329 - 375
70 - 79.9%
282 - 328
60 - 69.9%
0 - 281
00 - 59.9%
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