Elementary Education Gen. Ed. and College Courses

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Unformatted text preview: Research Methods Child Psychology Summer 2011 The Science of Child Development The Importance of Research Scientific research is _objective , systematic, and testable . It reduces the likelihood that information will be based on personal beliefs, opinions, and feelings . Child development researchers use the Scientific Method Basic Steps of the Scientific Method 1. Identify the problem 2. Create the hypothesis 3. Collect data 4. Analyze the data 5. Draw conclusions and spread the findings The Science of Child Development Theorizing is part of the scientific study of childrens development. Theories guide the conceptualization of a process or problem to be studied. Theory Is an interrelated, coherent set of ideas that helps to explain and to make predictions Hypotheses Specific, testable assumptions or predictions Often written as if-then statements The Science of Child Development Research Methods for Collecting Data Observation Trained observers systematically gather, record, and...
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2011 for the course PSYC, PSYC 2076, 2060 taught by Professor Briganti,gustan,perlis,namikas,wheeler during the Spring '10 term at LSU.

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