You are to read and review/critique a scholarly journal article on a topic in child psychology/child development relevant to this course published since 2000 (do not include adolescent development, as that is in another course). The article must be primary research (i.e., not a literature review, review article itself, magazine/newspaper, blog, etc.) The appropriateness of the article, written expression and reflective critique will be assessed.
You are to submit the original article (attached as a PDF, not just a link), as well as a 3-4 page (double spaced) review using the assignment page on Blackboard.
Suggested questions to consider:
Was there a large enough sample?
What research model did they use? What would you have used?
Can this research be validated in real life situations, outside the lab?
What did the authors conclude? Do you agree with their conclusions?
Is this research useful to clinicians?
What did you think of this journal article?
What new learning can you take from this article that applies to your own life?
The best papers I have read started out with a summary of the article, including the purpose, methods, and main findings (done in 1 page only so that the bulk of the paper is on your critique). Then the questions I asked were integrated into the paper in a well-written way with analytical critiques (positive and negative) of the research. As per the instructions, 3-4 pages double spaced (but I don’t care about APA format, just giving you specifics for length) was sufficient to do all of this.
Feel free to run your choice for an article by me if you are unsure. I hope this is clear!
Grading: Total worth 10%. Choice of article /2, Critique /5, Clarity of writing /3
TOPICS COVERED IN CLASS:
Prenatal Development and Birth/Physical Development and Health
Cognitive Developmental Approaches
Language and Development
Gender/ Moral Development
Peers/School and Technology
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