Welcome to the course guide for PSY383: Children's Understanding of Their Social World with Dr. Seibert. In these library sessions, you will learn how to identify a scholarly research article, how to search for articles in library databases, and how to critically read an article.
Students will write a research review paper on any topic they would like – whether or not we have talked about the topic in class; however, the topic must be in some area of social cognitive development. The paper should describe work done on a specific area of research and evaluate this work. There are three main steps to writing this paper: selecting a research topic, collecting and reading the relevant articles, and writing the paper. We will discuss topic selection, how to find empirical articles, and how to evaluate the articles in class. To make sure you are on the right track with this paper, you will be asked to submit your paper topic for approval along with a brief summary (1-2 paragraphs) of two articles on 3/6. Your final research review paper should be approximately 5 pages double-spaced, typed, and stapled. Late or e-mailed papers will not be accepted. Your paper should include at least 3 references from high quality, peer-reviewed psychology journals. I will distribute more specific guidelines for this paper at a later date.
One of the objectives of this course is to translate social cognitive developmental research into suggestions for parents and others. For this assignment, each student will use their research review paper to educate parents, teachers, or practitioners on the student’s chosen topic. This paper should include an overview of what the research has found and suggestions for best practices based on that research. The goal of the paper is to take scholarly research and make it accessible, and useful, to someone without a background in psychology. The paper should be approximately 2-3 pages double-spaced, typed, and stapled. Late or e-mailed assignments will not be accepted. You must be in class at the time the papers are collected, otherwise your paper will be considered to be late. I will distribute more specific guidelines for the paper at a later date.