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Research and Evaluation Methods (CLDP 3494.

001) - Fall 2011

Monday and Wednesday at 4:00- 5:15 in GR 4.204 Lab on Fridays from 1:30- 3:30 in GR 3.206
Instructor Dr. Shayla Holub, Ph. D. JO 3.216; 972-883-4473 Office hours: Wednesday 3:00-4:00 and by appointment Prerequisites: PSY 2317 or STAT 1342 Course Description: Research and Evaluation Methods serves two primary purposes in the CLDP curriculum. This course provides students with knowledge about research methods in the behavioral sciences and fulfills the advanced writing requirement. This course will help you to learn how to understand, conduct and write about research in child development. You will learn how to: 1) become a better consumer of research, 2) design and conduct research studies, and 3) effectively share research findings. Evaluation and Grading: Independent Project Proposal and Drafts- (25%). Students will complete several exercises leading up to the development and write-up of the independent project. Final Draft of Independent Project- (20%). This includes all portions of the manuscript; grading will be based on adherence to APA style, clarity, conceptualization, and incorporation of comments from previous drafts. Class Presentation (10%). Students will present their research proposals classmates during an oral presentation. Lab Exercises (20%). There are several labs planned for the semestermost using real data! These should help you prepare for your project. The lowest 1 out of 9 lab grades will be dropped. Quizzes- (25%). Quizzes will be given at the start of class and must be completed by 4:15pm. If you come in late, you will have until 4:15 to complete the quiz. No exceptions! Quiz items will come from the assigned reading for the day. The lowest 2 out of 12 quiz scores will be dropped. Grading is based on a set of a priori criteria: A = >90%, B= 80-89%, C= 70-79%, D= 60-69 %, F= < 60 %. +/- are given at the discretion of the instructor. Policies: Attendance: Class attendance is required. Attendance and participation are critical to your success in this course. Quizzes and labs cannot be made up. I will not provide lecture notes for missed classes. If you miss a class, please get notes from another student. Preparation: Students are expected to be prepared. This means completing the assigned readings before class. Teaching Assistant Sunny Patel GR 4.712; 972-883-6073 Office Hours: Monday 3:00-4:00 Assignment Submission- Assignments will not be accepted through e-mail. Assignments must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day they are due. Late assignments will be marked down 10% for each day late. Assignments not typed will be marked down 30%. Individual Appointments- There will be some class periods in which we will not be meeting as a class. Instead, the instructor will be available to meet individually with students. Please respect other students meetings by patiently waiting your turn. Plagiarism- Independent project assignments must be turned in to turnitin. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You are also expected to complete work independently from others in the class for many assignments. Evidence of plagiarism or working together when it is not allowed will be sent to the Office of Judicial Affairs. Respect for Others in the Class- It is expected that students listen to and respect each others insights during class. During lab, students will be asked to work in groups. It is expected that students will work in a collegial manner. Any problems or difficulties should be brought to the course instructor or TA for resolution. Please turn off cell phones and refrain from e-mailing, messaging or using other forms of electronic entertainment during class. Textbook and Materials: Required: Cozby, P. C. (2009). Methods in behavioral research (10th Ed.). New York: McGraw Hill. Recommended: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6h edition). Student Learning Objectives:
After completing the course, students should be able to: 2.1 Identify and explain different research methods. 2.2 Explain and apply basic statistical analyses and employ critical thinking to evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived from their use. 2.3 Locate, accurately summarize, and evaluate bodies of literature in developmental psychology. 2.4 Use critical thinking to design and conduct basic studies to address research questions using appropriate methods. 2.5 Demonstrate proficiency in writing research reports following APA Style Guidelines that include an abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion sections. 2.6 Describe and apply basic methods used in program evaluation. 3.2 Use critical thinking to analyze empirical reports. 3.3 Engage in creative thinking. 4.1 Demonstrate effective writing skills in various formats. 4.2 Demonstrate effective oral communication skills. 4.4 Demonstrate competence in collaborating with others.


Date 8/24

Topic Introduction to Course: Why should research methods matter to me? Steps to a Successful Research Project Psyc INFO Exercise ; Introduction to APA style Understanding Child Development: Science or Intuition? Studying Behavior: The Basics of Research Critical Reading Exercise Labor day (NO CLASS) Studying Behavior: Developmental Designs and Ethical Research ETHICS: Uncovering the Issues Measurement Theory Your Research Project: Writing the Introduction and Methods Section; Using Headings THE ABCs: Reliability and Validity The Power of Observation Surveys and Interviews Im THANKFUL: Content Analysis Experiments: The Gold Standard Experiments: The Details MEASUREMENT: Defining Measures for YOUR Project APA STYLE writing Experiments: The Complexity and Reality Ethics: Completing an IRB Application Proposal Meetings with Dr. Holub; IRB Application Meetings with Sunny

Required Readings

Independent Project Timeline Formulate list of potential topics; Discuss project requirements List of potential topics due

8/26 LAB 8/29* 8/31* 9/2 LAB 9/5 9/7* 9/9 LAB 9/12* 9/14

Chapter 2 Chapter 1 Chapter 4

Topic and 5 abstracts due; Begin reading

Chapter 11 (p. 218-221) Chapter 3 Research question due Chapter 5 Appendix A (p. 283-292)

9/16 LAB 9/19* 9/21* 9/23 LAB 9/26* 9/28* 9/30 LAB 10/3 10/5* 10/7 LAB 10/10

Hypotheses due Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Progress update due Proposal outline due Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Progress update Appendix A (p. 299-336) Chapter 10; Chapter 11 Research proposals due Proposals returned; IRB applications due during your proposal meeting

10/12 10/14 10/17

Proposal Meetings with Dr. Holub; IRB Application Meetings with Sunny Proposal Meetings with Dr. Holub; IRB Application Meetings with Sunny Proposal Presentations


Proposal Presentations

Data collection begins only with Dr. Holubs approval

10/21 LAB 10/24 10/26 10/28

COMPUTERS ARE OUR FRIENDS: SPSS Proposal Presentations Proposal Presentations SPSS data entry Chapter 12 Chapter 13; Appendix A (p. 292-297) Proposal revisions due

10/31* Statistics Refresher 11/2* 11/4 11/7 Statistics Refresher Continued; Writing a Results Section SPSS data entry Individual meetings for data analysis

Data collection should be finished and all data entered before meeting

11/9 11/11

Individual meetings for data analysis Individual meetings for data analysis Chapter 14 Results section due

11/14* Do Results Matter?: Generalizing Findings and Sharing Results with Others 11/16 How to Finish a Scientific Paper 11/18 LAB 11/21 11/23 11/25 11/28 11/30 12/2 12/9 Tables and Figures LAB Extra Help from Dr. Holub & Sunny Extra Help from Dr. Holub & Sunny Thanksgiving- NO class Extra Help from Dr. Holub & Sunny Extra Help from Dr. Holub & Sunny Extra Help from Dr. Holub & Sunny Final Exam Time- 2pm * - Quiz Day LAB- Lab Day

Appendix (p. 298-315)

Results section returned

Table or Figure due Optional draft due

Final Paper Due

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