THE RESEARCH PROJECT
How to do it?
THIS RESEARCH PROJECT HAS BEEN REVISED. YOU CAN SUBMIT OBSERVATION NOTES OR RESEARCH NOTES!
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Guidelines FOR THE NOTES
You were expected to spend 8 hours observing children in natural or school settings and taking notes (4-8 pages). However, these circumstances changed.
You can use your existing notes ( infants and toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school children, or high school students). Alternatively you can submit the notes from your literature review and readings.
You were supposed to select your own natural setting (a local mall, park, playground, beach, airport, restaurant, meeting, birthday party, etc.). However, due to social distancing rules, please use only the notes that you completed earlier.
For students who don’t have observation notes: please follow a similar path and select one interesting or intriguing behavior. Instead of observing children displaying this behavior read books and articles about this behavior (e.g. books and articles on aggression or a psychology of coronavirus pandemic).
You can either download handwritten notes, or typed notes. You can easily take the pictures of your handwritten notes with you phone and download as picture attachment via Canvas. The notes will become a basis for your research project.
Your notes (observation notes or research notes) should focus exclusively on one type of behavior (aggression, classroom management, play, attachment, bullying, computer usage, friendship, peer pressure, motivation, rewards, depression, anxiety, bulimia, the child in the context, shyness, cognition, parenting styles, technology, juvenile crime, etc.).
OBSERVATION OR WATCHING THE SHOWS AND MOVIES AND PLAYING GAMES
YOU CAN SPEND UP TO 2 HOURS PAYING GAMES FOR CHILDREN
Different games for elementary school kids
Different games for high school students
YOU CAN SPEND UP TO 2 HOURS WATCHING ONE OF THE SHOWS
Blue’s Clues, Dora the Explorer, Little Bear, Max and Ruby, Peep, Sesame Street, Go Diego, Go!, Barney and Friends, Clifford and Friends
Different shows for elementary school kids
Different games for high school students
Development Research PROJECT
The project will focus on one particular type of behavior (e.g. depression)within one population.
PLEASE SELECT ONE DEVELOPMENTAL GROUP FOR YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT
A) INFANCY/TODDLERHOOD (Ages 0-3)
B) PRESCHOOL (Ages 3-5)
C) MIDDLE SCHOOL/ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGE (Ages 6-11)
D) ADOLESCENCE (Ages 12-19)
E) ADULTS (Ages 19-70)
RESEARCH ACTIVITY – SELECT ONE BEHAVIOR AMONG ONE SELECTED POPULATION (e.g. PRESCHOOLERS)
You will focus on one behavior that you observe or research. Choose something that is interested you or puzzled you or made you want to learn more about it.
Next, research this behavior in the textbook as well as two other sources, one of which must be a research journal article. Write the research notes as you go. Your notes can be in your favorite format: points, comments, summaries, reaction, etc. Please remember that your notes should serve your purpose of developing a great research paper.
You can use Psych Info from the UCF library Databases webpage to locate this article.
Other sources include reputable magazines like Psychology Today or Newsweek, a reputable website, such as one sponsored by a university or psychology organization(such as American Psychological Association or the Society for Research in Child Development.
COMBINE YOUR RESOURCES TO ENRICH YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT!
SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT CHAPTERS AND THEORIES
USE SEVERAL THEORIES IN ORDER TO EXPLAIN THIS BEHAVIOR
FIND THE ARTICLE THAT DESCRIBES AND EXPLAIN THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR
SELECT THE ARTICLE THAT IS RELEVANT AND RECENT
WEBSITES AND MAGAZINES
Supplement your information by using websites (e.g. APA)
Find one or two articles in the popular magazines
Watch the documentary, news coverage, or a movie devoted to this type of behavior
FORMAT AND REFERENCES
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE AT LEAST 5 PAGES LONG RESEARCH PROJECT WITH ONE PAGE WITH REFERENCES IN APA FORMAT.
POSSIBLE TOPICS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
Aggression among preschoolers
Preschoolers and lying
Imaginary play at the preschool
Egocentrism in children
Attachment to our mothers
Attachment and school performance
Stereotyping among teens
Peer pressure at high school
The effect of new technologies on adolescent development
Socioemotional aspects of students with learning disabilities
Autism in my preschool
Bullying in the informal setting
Cyberbullying among teenagers
Moral judgement among preschoolers
Importance of play in school age
Attention seeking among toddlers
Psychology of the global pandemic
Psychological affects of Coronavirus in your community (in the United States)