This Assignment measures your ability to outline research methods. There are many research designs that are used in developmental research. As discussed in textbook Infants, Children and Adolescents, longitudinal, cross-sectional and sequential designs are used to assess developmental change and to explore developmental topics and changes over time.

This Assignment is composed of two parts:

Part 1:

Think about what you would like to learn about developmental change; then create your own research question that would require using either a longitudinal, cross-sectional, or sequential design. In one page, write out your question and explain which design would be most appropriate to answer the question and why.

Part 2:

Go to the Library and find one longitudinal, cross-sectional, or sequential research article that studies development in infants, children, or adolescents. Be sure that the article that you find is an empirical peer-reviewed article, with an abstract, purpose, methods, results, and a conclusion. If you are unsure about your article choice or have difficulty finding an appropriate article, please contact your instructor for help.

Write a two-page summary of the research. Be sure to address the following questions in your summary:

  • What was the research question the author was investigating in the study?
  • How did the author(s) conduct the research? What methods were used? Be sure to name the research design (longitudinal, cross-sectional, or sequential).
  • What conclusions were made based on the research?

Clearly identify your chosen article by citing it within the text of the summary and referencing it on a reference page

  • Please type your Assignment using 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spacing.
  • This Assignment should be three pages, not including the title page or reference page.
  • You must provide a citation using APA format in the form of in-text citations for any sources used.
 
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