OPTION 3: One Life Story
For this project you will make up a fictional individual and apply developmental psychology principles, concepts, and research findings to developing that individual throughout their lifespan. Throughout the process you will make up aspects of the “story” of this individual’s life and describe and explain how that fictional individual develops in each stage of life. The paper should be divided up into at least seven short chapters:
Chapter 1: Introduction & Background
Introduce your individual by describing their family background, and individual characteristics: gender, race, ethnicity, name. This introduction also involves a brief description of this individual’s world through the lens of ecological systems theory.
Chapter 2: Infancy & Toddlerhood
Describe and explain the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development of the individual in infancy (~0-18 months) and toddlerhood (~18-36 months).
Chapter 3: Childhood
Describe and explain the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development of the individual in childhood (~3 to 11 years).
Chapter 4: Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood
Describe and explain the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development of the individual in adolescence (~12 to 18 years) and emerging adulthood (~19-30)
Chapter 5: Middle Adulthood
Describe and explain your fictional individual’s development in early to middle adulthood, describing 1-2 changes that happen in adulthood, first between
~30-44 years old, and then between ~45-65 years of age).
Chapter 6: Later Life (Young and Old-old) and Death
Discuss later life changes for ‘Young-old’ ~65-80, and ‘old-old’ ~80+ phases of this person’s life.
Chapter 7: Life Review and Eulogy
Write up and present a fictional “life review” letter from the individual and some eulogy comments from the individual’s fictional loved-ones at their “funeral.”
Paper format. Set one-inch margins, double space the text, and use a standard 12-point font. Cite sources in APA style (6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, see below). Include a title page that has the project title, and type your references on a separate page in APA format.
Note: This paper requires you to use APA style – if you are not familiar with this style of writing/citing sources, be sure to familiarize yourself with it BEFORE you hand in the finished product.
Final Paper- Other General Tips: (This section is useful for writing any research paper)
Define important terms. For example, if you are writing about service learning, give a sentence explaining what you and/or other researchers consider the term to mean. Write your paper so that non‐experts (i.e., other students not in this class) could understand it.
Decide what’s really important. This paper can’t cover everything, so be selective about what information is really important for the reader to have in order to understand the topic.
Draw conclusions. Include what you learned from the research you reviewed and how you believe it all fits together.
Always cite ideas that are not your own. Any idea or fact you find from a source other than your own brain should be cited within the text of your paper, with a full reference provided in the reference section. One exception is “common knowledge,” which includes statements that you believe everyone (not just people in this field) to know. One example of a common knowledge statement might be “Entering kindergarten is a big transition for many children.” See the section below on how to properly use APA style to format your citations.
Don’t overuse quotations. Try to put the research you have found into your own words, unless there is something that is said in such a manner that you couldn’t possibly reword it, or there is something the author has stated so well that you feel it deserves to be quoted. Quotations can be very useful, but just don’t over‐use them. As a general rule, try not to use more than 2‐3 quotes of minimal length (i.e., no more than a sentence).
Discuss your selection or thoughts of topic on DB by 10/25
Confirm your topic plan (which book, which topic for interview or Op-Ed) by 11/1
Have your book read, or 3 chapters of one life, or articles read or by 11/24
For Interview paper, interviews conducted by 11/24
Paper due 12/10
For all ARPS: Presentation Guidelines
You will be responsible for developing a presentation to post in Week 15 about what you learned from your ARP. Presentations can be 2-3 powerpoint slides, a prezi, video, or any other creative technology. The presentation will convey the key ideas that you learned from your project.
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