Developmental Psychology Article Comparison

Purpose: This written assignment is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the course material by 1) explaining concepts from class lectures in your own words and then 2) applying these concepts to additional material (i.e., classic journal articles in developmental psychology). As the purpose of this course is to think critically about the topics in developmental research, about how research is conducted in developmental psychology, and about the implications of developmental research, applying ideas discussed in class to new material is the ultimate goal of the course.Instructions: Your written assignment will be based on the same article that you will present on for the group presentation. After you are assigned an article for the presentation, you will then choose a second article to compare to your presentation article. Article pairing options will be provided.You will then discuss and compare the two articles in relation to each of the four sections of the course (Critiques, History, Methods, and Critical Developmental Psychology). In other words, there will be four parts to your written assignment that parallel the four sections of the course.Below are the guidelines for each part of your paper:Part I: Critiques of Developmental Psychology– First, you will need to identify the point of similarity between the two articles (i.e., what makes the two articles comparable) that will form the basis of your written assignment. This may be a shared research topic, shared age group, or shared research methodology.– What critique discussed in class will you apply to your two articles?– Explain the critique clearly before applying the critique to your articles.– Argue whether the critique can be justifiably applied to your articles (in other words, explainwhether the critique is applicable to one, both, or neither of your articles).Part II: Literature Review– Provide background information on your two articles; in other words, give a brief literature review of your articles.Part III: Research Methods in Developmental Psychology– What research methods were used in these articles? How were they different from or similar to each other?
– How do these methods inform our knowledge of development? What don’t these methods tell us about development?– Be sure to include information about research methods from class lectures (pros, cons, and critiques of research methods) in your written response.Part IV: Critical Developmental Psychology– What are the implications of these two studies outside of academia?– Apply a critical developmental psychology perspective to your two papers when evaluating thebroader implications of this research. Explain potential implications based on discussions from class or come up with your own.Referencing: As a large component of this written assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of class material, you will be using your own words to explain concepts discussed in class (essentially this will be how I assess your understanding of course material). As this is a paper, however, and not simply a long answer question on an exam, you will be required to use proper APA citation. When referring to information from class lectures, you can reference as follows:Lecturer Last Name, Lecturer First Initial. (year). Title of the Lecture. Personal Collection of Lecturer First Initial, Lecturer Last Name, University they work for, City, Province.e.g., Jones, A. (2022). Introduction to a Critical Evaluation of Developmental Psychology. Personal Collection of A. Jones, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB.Of course, if you are keen, you can read and cite the original sources referred to in class, but it is not required.Any other sources referred to in your written assignment must be cited. Your two target articles will certainly have to be cited, and any additional sources used to inform your background knowledge and support your critiques must be referenced.
CriteriaGrammarSection 1 (20%) due Friday, May 27th (noon) DescriptionPointsOverallStructure– train of thought is easy to follow– sections are well-organized (overall layout, paragraph, and sentence structure)/3– grammatical mistakes do not take away from student’s meaning /2 – gross grammatical mistakes are absentPart I: CritiqueCritique Explanation– the student demonstrates understanding of the critique through clear explanation in their own words– the critical points of the critique are made clear– how this critique affects our knowledge of development is identified/5Application to Classic Papers– the critique is explained in relation to the student’s focus articles (how is the critique relevant to the articles?)– the student provides a well-reasoned argument for why applying the critique to their target articles is or is not justified– an attempt is made to integrate the two target articles when applying the critique (think about the point of comparability for the two target articles)/5Part II: Literature ReviewLiterature Review– the student demonstrates knowledge of background research leading up to these classic studies– the amount of detail is appropriate for the page length of this assignment (approximately 1.5-2 pages for this section)/5Total /20CriteriaGrammarSection 2 (20%) due Tuesday, June 21st (noon) DescriptionPointsOverallStructure– train of thought is easy to follow– sections are well-organized (overall layout, paragraph, and sentence structure)/3– grammatical mistakes do not take away from student’s meaning /2 – gross grammatical mistakes are absentPart III: Research MethodsDescription of Methods– differences and similarities between the methods used in the two studies are stated– the research methods used in the two articles are explained with sufficient detail; that is, details that are not relevant for our purposes are omitted, but information necessary for general understanding and for the critique are explained/5Critique– the student uses content discussed in class to explain the pros and cons of research methods used in the classic studies– student states how these methods inform our understanding of development/5Part IV: Critical Developmental PsychologyApplication– concepts from critical developmental psychology are clearly applied to the focus articles– broader implications of these classic studies are acknowledged/5Total /20