Writing Assignment

 

Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
Dr. Shannon Pruden
Required Writing Assignment
Please choose to answer only one of the following questions for your writing assignment.
In your answer, please provide an opening statement, three arguments in support of your opening
statement (opinion), three pieces of empirical research (i.e., studies) as support for your arguments,
and a closing statement. You may use any empirical, rigorous scientific research as support
however, do not use anecdotal evidence, or unpublished work. You should use journal articles
that report original data/studies as evidence. If you do not know what this means or what kinds
of papers to look for then you must ask me or your TA. Do not use textbooks, websites, chapters of
edited books, review papers or meta-analyses as evidence. Please be sure to provide references for
your empirical support (APA-format; with reference list and paper citations in text).
Option 1: In your opinion and based on scientific, peer-reviewed published evidence, does
children’s motor development interact with/affect children’s cognitive and/or perceptual
development?
– or –
Option 2: In your opinion and based on scientific, peer-reviewed published evidence, what features,
properties, and/or experiences in the world and with people allow for typically-developing infants
and young children (0-5 years) to learn language?
Paper Format
Please format your paper into 5 separate paragraphs – an opening statement, three paragraphs for
your three arguments and accompanying description of empirical evidence and a closing statement.
• Opening Statement = should include a restatement of the question posed to you in the assignment,
your opinion (clearly stated), and a description of the three arguments you will use to
support your opinion. For each of three arguments, I suggest a one-sentence summary of the
specific findings from the study you will review below in each argument paragraph. Thus,
you will have three sentences, each summarizing specific findings (arguments) in support of
your opinion.
• First Argument = you should start this paragraph with your first argument in support of your
opinion. Again, I suggest a one-sentence summary of the specific findings from the study
you are about to review in this paragraph. This argument should be the very first sentence of
the paragraph. The bulk of the paragraph will then be used to describe research in support of
this argument. You should describe at least one empirical study in support of your first
argument in some detail. In your description of the study, please include the following
information: (1) a description of the question the authors were examining; (2) a description
of who and how many participants were used; (3) a description of the stimuli and/or
assessments used to gather information on participants; (4) a description of the procedure
used to gather this data; (5) the type of data collected (provide information about
independent and dependent variables); (6) a summary of specific results of study; (7) a
statement of how these specific findings provide support for your opinion.
• Second Argument = you should start this paragraph with your second argument in support of your
opinion. Again, I suggest a one-sentence summary of the specific findings from the study
you are about to review in this paragraph. This argument should be the very first sentence of
the paragraph. The bulk of the paragraph will then be used to describe research in support of
DEP 2001: Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
Dr. Shannon Pruden
this argument. You should describe at least one empirical study in support of your first
argument in some detail. In your description of the study, please include the following
information: (1) a description of the question the authors were examining; (2) a description
of who and how many participants were used; (3) a description of the stimuli and/or
assessments used to gather information on participants; (4) a description of the procedure
used to gather this data; (5) the type of data collected (provide information about
independent and dependent variables); (6) a summary of specific results of study; (7) a
statement of how these specific findings provide support for your opinion.
• Third Argument = you should start this paragraph with your third argument in support of your
opinion. Again, I suggest a one-sentence summary of the specific findings from the study
you are about to review in this paragraph. This argument should be the very first sentence of
the paragraph. The bulk of the paragraph will then be used to describe research in support of
this argument. You should describe at least one empirical study in support of your first
argument in some detail. In your description of the study, please include the following
information: (1) a description of the question the authors were examining; (2) a description
of who and how many participants were used; (3) a description of the stimuli and/or
assessments used to gather information on participants; (4) a description of the procedure
used to gather this data; (5) the type of data collected (provide information about
independent and dependent variables); (6) a summary of specific results of study; (7) a
statement of how these specific findings provide support for your opinion.
• Closing Statement = should include a restatement of the question posed to you in the assignment,
your opinion (clearly stated), and a description of the three arguments you will use to
support your opinion. For each of three arguments, I suggest a one-sentence summary of the
specific findings from the study you will review below in each argument paragraph. Thus,
you will have three sentences, each summarizing specific findings (arguments) in support of
your opinion.
Note: All assignments must be typed double-spaced, 12-point Times (or Times New Roman) font.
There are no minimum or maximum page limits; but please be sure to review the grading rubric. All
assignments will be run through Turnitin Software and I will examine Turnitin results carefully for
issues with plagiarism. Any assignment returning a similiarity score of 20% or higher will be
carefully examined for plagiarism.
DEP 2001: Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
Dr. Shannon Pruden
Name:
Assignment:
DETAILED GRADING RUBRIC POINTS
OPENING STATEMENT
Restatement of Question Posed (2 points)
Clear Statement of Opinion (2 points)
Summary of Argument 1 Provided (2 points)
Summary of Argument 2 Provided (2 points)
Summary of Argument 3 Provided (2 points)
Arguments Summarized Specific Findings/Based On Evidence (2 points)
FIRST ARGUMENT PARAGRAPH
First Sentence Summarizes Argument (2 points)
Argument Summarized Specific Findings/Based On Evidence (2 points)
Empirical Journal Article Reporting Original Data Used (2 points)
Description of Article’s Research Question Summarized (2 points)
Description of Participants Summarized (2 point)
Description of Stimuli/Assessments Summarized (2 points)
Description of Procedure Used to Gather Data Summarized (2 points)
Description of Independent, Dependent Variables (2 points)
Summary of Specific Study Results Provided (2 points)
Statement of How Specific Findings Provide Support for Opinion (2 points)
SECOND ARGUMENT PARAGRAPH
First Sentence Summarizes Argument (2 points)
Argument Summarized Specific Findings/Based On Evidence (2 points)
Empirical Journal Article Reporting Original Data Used (2 points)
Description of Article’s Research Question Summarized (2 points)
Description of Participants Summarized (2 point)
Description of Stimuli/Assessments Summarized (2 points)
Description of Procedure Used to Gather Data Summarized (2 points)
Description of Independent, Dependent Variables (2 points)
Summary of Specific Study Results Provided (2 points)
Statement of How Specific Findings Provide Support for Opinion (2 points)
THIRD ARGUMENT PARAGRAPH
First Sentence Summarizes Argument (2 points)
Argument Summarized Specific Findings/Based On Evidence (2 points)
Empirical Journal Article Reporting Original Data Used (2 points)
Description of Article’s Research Question Summarized (2 points)
Description of Participants Summarized (2 point)
Description of Stimuli/Assessments Summarized (2 points)
Description of Procedure Used to Gather Data Summarized (2 points)
Description of Independent, Dependent Variables (2 points)
Summary of Specific Study Results Provided (2 points)
Statement of How Specific Findings Provide Support for Opinion (2 points)
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Dr. Shannon Pruden
CLOSING ST ATEMENT
Restatement of Question Posed (2 points)
Clear Statement of Opinion (2 points)
Summary of Argument 1 Provided (2 points)
Summary of Argument 2 Provided (2 points)
Summary of Argument 3 Provided (2 points)
Arguments Summarized Specific Findings/Based On Evidence (2 points)
GRAMMAR/PAPER CONSTRUCTION
Followed 5-Paragraph Format (2 points)
No/Few Spelling Errors (2 points)
No/Few Run-On Sentences (2 poins)
Cited Author/Year In Text (2 points)
Included Reference Page (2 points)
CONVINCING
Argument 1 was Convincing (2 points)
Argument 2 was Convincing (2 points)
Argument 3 was Convincing (2 points)
TOTAL SCORE (OUT OF 100)

 

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