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Developmental science attempts to answer questions about the ways in which: (1) nature and nurture together shape development; (2) development is continuous and/or discontinuous; (3) cognitive and sociocultural factors affect the developing person; and (4) the reasons for individual differences in psychological functioning.
This subject examines the ways in which biological, genetic, neuropsychological, cognitive, social, emotional, personality and cultural factors affect developmental functioning from conception and infancy, through childhood and adolescence. Contemporary theories of development are reviewed to determine how well they account for the nature of changes in infancy, childhood and adolescence.
A quantitative methods component will be integrated into the lecture, practical class, and assessment structure of this subject. The aim is to provide an understanding of, and practical experience with, the appropriate experimental design and statistical analysis techniques used to evaluate research in Developmental Psychology.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- critically review theories of development
- evaluate the adequacy of developmental research questions and methodologies
- interpret development research data
- understand basic analytic techniques pertinent to development
- construct defensible research hypotheses about developmental issues, and
- write laboratory reports that reflect an understanding of developmental psychological issues.
Students will be given appropriate opportunity and educational support to develop skills to:
- critically review research literatures
- assess research claims
- interpret research findings
- evaluate research methods, and
- write research reports
Last updated: 6 December 2019