Exploring Developmental Psychology: Understanding Theory and by Margaret Harris

By Margaret Harris

This publication, geared toward complex undergraduates and postgraduate scholars in psychology and similar parts, offers a advisor to the major theories and strategies utilized by researchers. rigorously selected articles are observed by means of a statement from the writer that is helping scholars to appreciate the reason for a learn, the alternative of layout and evaluate measures, use of statistics, and the translation of effects. quite a lot of contemporary study papers is integrated to hide observational and experimental equipment from infancy to formative years.

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For example, a researcher might choose to look at utterance topics such as toys, books or food. Alternatively, a researcher may be interested in whether an utterance is child-oriented or mother-oriented. In the former case, the mother takes her lead from the child in choosing what to talk about whereas, in the latter case, she does not. qxd 12/14/2007 1:00 PM Page 30 way to her child or they talk about something that is not related to anything done or said by the child. Categories should also be mutually exclusive which means that an event can be classified as falling into only one category.

In both types of observation, however, the observer will choose to concentrate on particular aspects of behaviour that will shed light on the hypothesis under investigation. These key aspects are recorded either at the time of observation (making a record of the occurrence and duration of particular events) or are derived, at a later date, from an audio or video recording. In order to record target behaviours in a way that is both reliable and valid, it is essential to develop coding categories that are exhaustive, mutually exclusive and reliable.

Longitudinal designs and individual differences The work carried out by Baillargeon and her colleagues, like the majority of research in developmental psychology, used a cross-sectional design in which infants of different ages were compared. Such designs are very good at uncovering transformational change but they are less good at describing variational change. For this purpose, longitudinal designs, in which the same children are followed over time, are often better. Pinpointing individual differences in development has traditionally been more of a feature in some areas of research than in others.

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