Project #89973 - psychology

You will conduct a naturalistic observation and analysis. This assignment is designed to assess learning goals 1 “Articulate how the child and the child’s contextual experience combine to influence development,” 3 “Use empirical psychological research to inform your understanding of child development,” and 4 “Develop oral and written communication skills.” 

 

Write a brief paper (about 3 pages) that links your child’s behavior with the Washington State Guidelines and an empirical research article. 

 

  1. Pick one episode from your notes to focus on for your paper. If a few episodes are clearly on the same topic, it is OK to reference multiple episodes in your paper. However, the key thing to do here is focus on 1 major topic. 
  2. Pick 1-3 of the WA State Guidelines that relates to your episode. It is good to have a clear focus!
  3. Find an empirical research article that is related to the episode and the Guideline(s) you have chosen. In empirical research articles, the authors describe how they collected data, and present the results. There are several resources for finding empirical research articles including your text, other articles, research databases, and librarians. 
  4. Write a paper that analyzes your focal child’s behavior in light of the Guideline(s) and the empirical research article.
  5. Your paper should contain the following:
    1. An introductory paragraph that informs the reader about the topic of the paper. You should move from broad to specific. What general domain are you focusing on? What specific behavior are you focusing on? Conclude with a thesis statement that discusses your child’s age. Is your child’s behavior consistent with an age range in the Guidelines and an age range in an empirical research article?  
    2. A paragraph describing the episode that you are going to analyze. What did the child do?
    3. A paragraph relating the episode to your chosen Guideline(s). 
      1. What is/are the Guideline(s)? Be specific—provide page numbers. 
      2. What did the child do that relates to the Guideline(s)? Is your child’s behavior consistent with the Guideline(s) or not? Be explicit in making connections between the child’s behavior and the Guideline(s). Do not assume that because you stated the behavior in the previous paragraph and then stated the Guideline(s) in this paragraph that the reader will make a connection that seems obvious to you. Instead, be very clear and direct about how you are relating the child’s behavior to your chosen Guideline(s).
    4. A paragraph or two relating the child’s behavior to an empirical research article. 
      1. What did the empirical research article say? Try to summarize the main points of the article in your own words (be sure to parenthetically cite the article even if you do not quote the article!). In your article summary include: the main question addressed by the study, the age group of the participants, the methodology used for the study (what did the participants do?), and a summary of the key results. If the study did a lot of different things, focus on the results that are most pertinent to your paper.
      2. How does the empirical research article relate to the child’s behavior? Is your child’s behavior consistent with the empirical research article or not? For this section, discuss similarities and differences between the behavior you observed and the findings of the research article. Again, be explicit in making connections and discussing similarities and differences. Do not assume that because you stated the behavior in the previous paragraph and then stated the research findings in this paragraph that the reader will make a connection that seems obvious to you. Instead, be very clear and direct about how you are relating the child’s behavior to your empirical research article.

 

 

    1. A concluding paragraph linking the child’s behavior, the Guideline(s), and the empirical research article. This paragraph will likely take one of two directions. If your child’s behavior, the Guideline(s), and the empirical research article are all in alignment, then you can talk about how your child’s behavior appears to be in accordance with the Guideline(s)s and the research. However, if the three sources of information do not align, then your job will be to provide an explanation for why this is so. For example, your child does something different than suggested in the Guideline(s)s, and you find an article describing cultural differences for this behavior that better reflect your child’s behavior.
  1. Regarding formatting:
    1. Your paper should be double spaced. 
    2. Please proof-read your work.
    3. Provide a full reference for your empirical research article. For examples of APA style references, see the last page of the syllabus and the class handout. There are also several websites that provide guidance on APA style.

 

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