CADV 350 Child Development – learning environments Research Paper

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CADV  350,  Miodrag  
Research  Paper  
CADV  350  Applied  Cognitive  Development,  Spring  2019  
Grading:  100  Points  (30%  of  final  grade)  
Due:  April  3rd,  2019  by  11:59pm    
   
Purpose  
The  purpose  of  this  assignment  is  to  demonstrate  your  proficiency  of  critical  thinking  
skills  and  professional  written  communication  skills  in  relation  to  the  scientific  literature  
in  cognitive  development.  You  will  write  a  research  paper  using  empirical  research  on  a  
topic  of  your  choice.    
 
Steps  to  Completing  the  Paper    
(1)  Choose  a  topic  that  thoroughly  interests  you  in  the  broad  field  of  cognitive  
development  as  it  pertains  to  children  or  adolescents.    
(2)  Narrow  down  your  topic  to  a  particular  focus  (e.g.,  Language,  Memory,  Attention,  
Reading,  etc.)  and  then  even  more  so  when  you  have  identified  a  particular  subarea  
(e.g.,  Attention  à  Attention  Deficit  à  Attention  Deficit  and  Academic  achievement)  
(3)  Visit  Dr.  Morag’s  office  hours  if  you  would  like  1-­‐1  input  on  your  topic.    
(4)  Conduct  a  thorough  database  search  to  locate  scholarly  articles  (the  visit  from  our  
librarian  will  be  helpful.  Please  make  sure  you  attend  class  that  day).    
(5)  Narrow  down  3  high-­‐quality  scholarly  journal  articles  (research/empirical  studies  
only).  
(6)  Read  the  journal  articles.    
(7)  Summarize  the  body  of  knowledge  in  your  own  words  (this  is  not  part  of  the  
paper;  this  is  an  exercise  in  scholarly  pre-­‐writing).  
(8)  Develop  a  thesis  statement  that  is  supported  by  your  sources.  Pull  evidence  from  
these  empirical  articles  to  support  your  thesis  statement.  
(9)  Create  an  outline  of  your  paper  (this  is  a  critical  step  to  help  map  out  your  thoughts).  
(10)  Start  writing.  Show  how  you  synthesize  the  literature.  
(11)  Use  standard  convention  of  APA  formatting  for  citing  scholarly  work.  
(12)  Edit  and  continue  editing  as  you  write.    
(13)  Reference  your  citations  using  APA  formatting.  Title  page  in  APA  as  well.  
(14)  Proofread  your  paper  (e.g.,  spellcheck,  grammar,  formatting,  repetition).      
15.  Upload  the  Word  document  to  Turnitin.com  (in  Canvas).  Do  not  use  Pages  or  PDF.    
 
More  Guidelines  
• The  paper  should  be  3  double-­‐spaced  pages.    
• You  must  use  APA  style  for  citing  your  work.  APA  will  also  be  used  for  formatting  
your  Reference  page  and  Title  page.  YOU  DO  NOT  NEED  AN  ABSTRACT  OR  A  
METHODS  SECTION  that  the  APA  manual  suggests  for  a  paper.    
• Bold  the  thesis  statement  in  your  paper.  
• Your  paper  will  be  typed,  use  Times  New  Roman  12pt  font,  and  1”  margins.  
• Points  will  be  deducted  for  using  direct  quotes  from  sources.  You  must  
 
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paraphrase  the  writing  of  others.      
Your  journal  articles  will  be  published  within  the  last  10  years  (2009-­‐2019).  
 
Remember…  
• Do  not  use  direct  quotes.  
• Do  not  regurgitate  information  or  list  the  findings  of  each  study  one  after  
another.  
• INTEGRATION  OF  THE  FINDINGS  is  key  to  a  well-­‐developed  paper.  You  will  
• need  to  show  evidence  to  support  your  thesis  in  a  logical,  fully  developed  way.  
• You  may  use  MORE  THAN  3  articles  in  your  paper,  but  it  is  not  required.    
• Internet  sources,  book  chapters,  textbooks,  magazines,  technical  reports,  theses  
or  other  non  peer-­‐reviewed  papers  are  NOT  permitted  as  part  of  the  3  sources.  
Points  will  be  deducted  if  you  use  any  of  these.  
• A  grading  rubric  will  be  provided.    
 
Grading  Rubric  
See  document  on  Canvas.    
 
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