Intro to Research Methods
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1. After completing the reading for this week, your assignment is to consider the following:
After reading about the methodologies used in the field of child developmental research (from the “Research Methods” materials in the Intro to Child Psychology folder), use the library database (click here (Links to an external site.)) ( then search under “P” for Psychology journals, I recommend PsycArticles and PsycInfo – click on database name, enter a topic into the search field, select “full text”) or any other scientific database you have access to (this means NO NEWS sources, blogs, or websites that end in “.com” – only peer-reviewed literature from educational resources (databases or articles shared on “.edu”, “.gov”, or “.org” sites) to do some research of your own. Find an article on a child psychology topic (i.e., education, emotional disturbances, trauma, testing, gender roles, etc.) that interest you.
Share a copy of the article by uploading a copy or providing a link and briefly describe the methodologies and procedures used by the researchers in the study. Discuss why these research methods were appropriate for the population and variables studied or if you think the study could have been improved by the used of different methods.
Write a short answer response of about 1-2 paragraphs (minimum 150 words) about it.
2. After your 150 word post, end your post with an open-ended question (i.e., a “how, what, when, why” question that requires more than a one word answer) to encourage discussion on the topic covered that week. For instance, you could pose a question asking for examples (i.e., “I’m pursuing a career in education, I’m wondering how this theory/research/perspective can be used in the classroom. Anyone have any ideas?”), help understanding a topic (i.e., “How do you explain the difference between a sensitive and critical period of development?”), or ways to relate to or apply the topic (i.e., “In what ways has this topic personally affected you and your behavior?” or “I had always thought about this topic much differently, has anyone else found their thoughts on this topic have changed? How so?”).