The goal of this paper is to expand on your understanding of core developmental concepts by applying the knowledge you’ve gained in this class to a topic of your choosing by focusing on ONE application of human development that will be most relevant to you.
|Choose ONE of the following topics:|
Personal Developmental Journey: (past, present and/or future)
I want to understand my own development.
Promoting Development: (career, family, or self)
I want to think about how to promote development for myself and/or others, whether in career, family, or elsewhere.
Intervention Program or Peer-reviewed Research Study: (summary, review, & critique)
I am interested in conducting or understanding research or interventions.
Purpose or Elder Interview: (questions provided online)
I want to learn about development by interviewing myself or another person.
Once you’ve chosen ONE of the four topics, you will write a short paper by:
- Writing about how your topic helps you understand development and/or can promote healthy
- Using at least THREE concepts from class to help understand your chosen topic.
- Describing how your topic relates to TWO meta-theoretical assumptions.
INSTRUCTIONS. We will be looking for the following:
Describe what your paper will be about, including the topic you chose, the three concepts you will use, and the two assumptions you will apply.
Description of topic
Summarize the topic, including each of the underlined portions
10 Pts: What context are you exploring development in?
→ Whose development are you trying to understand/promote? (Yours? Your interview subject? Specific group of people?)
→ Where is this development taking place? (E.g. A particular institution/setting? Cultural context?)
→ When in their development? (E.g. Particular stage? Multiple ages? Lifespan?)
15 Pts: What is developing and why is it important?
→ Briefly summarize the development you are trying to understand or promote.
o If you chose the intervention/research or interview options, summarize main points here.
o If considering your own development or promoting development, describe the main events/issues/questions/problems you want to address.
→ Explain why understanding/promoting this development is important and/or interesting to you.
|25 pts total,
~ 1 – 1.5 pages.
Application of Developmental Concepts:
Pick THREE CONCEPTS (e.g. Attachment, Mindsets, Vocational Choice, Temperament) from class that you can use to better understand and/or promote some aspect of your topic (e.g. a particular event/issue/question/problem) and explore them in more depth.
20 pts per concept x 3 concepts.
5 pts: Describe a particular event, issue, question, or problem from your topic that you would like to better understand/promote.
5 pts: Explain why this issue/question/etc. is important to understanding/promoting development. Give a specific, real-world example of a time this issue/question/etc. occurred (or could occur).
5 pts: Correctly define the concept you will be using IN YOUR OWN WORDS and cite your source.
5 pts: Explain how knowing about this concept can help you understand/promote development in relation to your issue/question. Give a specific example of how this concept could be applied in your topic.
|60 pts total,
Connection to Meta-theoretical Assumptions:
Pick at least two of the six key meta-theoretical assumptions (NOT meta-theories) that relate to aspects of your topic.
15 pts. per assumption x 2 assumptions.
5 pts. Correctly define the assumption (e.g. nature vs. nurture.) Cite your source.
5 pts. Explain HOW the assumption relates to something that came up in your topic and the viewpoint/answer that was used in your topic (e.g. development was both nature AND nurture.)
5 pts. Describe how the development in your topic might have been different if development followed a different viewpoint/answer to the same assumption. (e.g. if development was ONLY nurture and not nature, then…)
|30 pts total,
5 pts. Summarize what you discussed in the paper; remind us of your topics
5 pts. Tell us something you learned/ found interesting/will take away from this project.
|10 pts total,
5 pts: Formatting:
o 12-point, Times New Roman font; double-spaced; 1-inch margins; 5-7 pages; PDF or Word docs
o Up to 5 pts deducted for papers over 7 or under 5 pages (before references.)
5 pts: Technical proficiency and professionalism:
o Use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Use full sentences.
o Your paper may use first-person voice. Otherwise, use university-level professionalism and tone. This is an academic paper.
5 pts: Clarity of ideas:
o Use headings to organize sections of the paper and information within sections.
o Each paragraph should be about one and only one main idea. Split up complex paragraphs.
o Each paragraph should have a topic sentence explaining that idea.
o The paper has a clear, logical progression of ideas, thorough explanations, and clear writing, so we can understand your ideas.
5 pts: Attribution of sources: When using information from another source (e.g., interview, research paper, website, lecture slides, textbook) you MUST do the following:
o In general, you should attribute your sources for any information that is a definition or summary, and/or information that is not your own experience/opinion or common knowledge.
o We need to be able to tell which idea goes with which sources so…you NEED in-text citations and/or footnotes/endnotes NOT just a works cited page.
o Restate quotations in your own words. Quotations should be used as illustrations of your point; you still need to make the point yourself. Extensive blocks of text quoted from another source do not count as your summary!
o Attribute the source of your information in any way that allows the reader to find the source of the material on his or her own. You may use any method of citation that you like. For example, you could say, “as defined in the lecture slides on parenting…,” or “as described on the program’s website (www.program.com)…,”
or “The study (Marquez, 2000) found…,” or simply “My grandmother said…”.
o It is generally a good idea not to reveal names or identities of interview subjects unless you have their permission to do so. (You may choose to refer to them anonymously, by first name, or by a pseudonym.)
|20 pts total|