Cognitive Developmental Research
This course aims at overviewing the most important methods of developmental research, namely, the special role of observation in developmental psychology. Methodology of observation: design; selection of categories; quantitative attributes of observational variables; methods of recording; instruments; reliability; evaluation.Experiments in developmental research. The natural and the quasi experiments. Cross-sectional and longitudinal strategy, and the possibilities of their combination. Data analysis. Interpretation of results - mediator and moderator effect.
Learning outcome, competences
- Knowledge on the most important models of development
- Current methods and main objectives in Developmental reserach
- Utilisation of knowledge in scientific communication, presentation
- Skills af applying main methods
- Skills of identifying adequate methods for developmental problems
Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:
- Reliable basic knowledge in the domain of neuroscience and neuroanatomy
mode of evaluation: examination and practical course mark
- Greene, S. & Hogan, D. (2005). Researching Children’s Experience: Approaches and Methods. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif : Sage Pub.
- Martin, P., & Bateson, P . (2007). Measuring behaviour: An introductory guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Miller, S. A. (2007). Developmental Research Methods. Thousand Oaks: Sage Pub.
- Teti, D. (2006). Handbook of Research Methods in Developmental Science (Blackwell Handbooks of Research Methods in Psychology). Cambridge: Blackwell.