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PSY383 - Seibert

Children’s Understanding of Their Social World

PSY383 - Social Learning in Infants and Children - Seibert

Welcome to the course guide for PSY383: Social Learning in Infants and Children with Dr. Seibert. In this library session, you will learn how to identify an appropriate topic and how to find scholarly research articles using library databases.

Assignment Instructions from Professor Seibert

Research Review Paper:

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. Your final research review paper should be approximately 5 pages double-spaced. 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. 

Application Project:

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. Late or e-mailed assignments will not be accepted. I will distribute more specific guidelines for the paper at a later date.

How to Translate Research for a General Audience

Dr. Emily Oster is an economics professor at Brown University. Her books and twice-weekly newsletter are excellent examples of how a scholar can write about data and research so that it makes sense to parents.

Check out her newsletter here: https://emilyoster.substack.com/

Oster is not a psychologist, but her writing often focuses on childhood health and/or development, so you may find an interesting topic! At least consider her newsletter as something of a model for your application project.