REVIEW QUESTIONS 1. What is development psychology and what are some of the major influences on human development? 2. What are the key issues in the field of developmental psychology? 3. Describe and explain four research methods used to study development, discussing the strengths and weakness of each. 4. Why is it necessary to consider ethical considerations when conducting human development research, particularly in relation to children and children protection? DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1. To what extent does Urie Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems model explain the nature-nurture controversy? 2. Imagine a researcher asks you and your baby to be part of a longitudinal study. Discuss why you would agree or disagree to participate in the study. 3. How do culture, gender and age affect developmental psychology? ASSESSMENT Develop an assessment tool that you could use to assess students’ understanding and when do you feel qualitative and quantitative research methods are best used. What are the core concepts that you will identify to ensure that students have understood and grasped the content. AITSL 1.1,2.3, 3.1 BEHAVIOUR How would Baltes’s model of normative and non-normative development explain the emergence of technology in the classroom for teaching purposes? How would you research the impact of this technology over time within your own intended teaching context? AITSL 1.2,2.6, 4.5 POSTIVE PSYCHOLOGY Investigate Bronfenbrenner’s five ecological systems and consider how each system is important in building the positive relationships of students living in poverty. Construct a simple mixed methods design study (qualitative and quantitative) to measure which system has the most impact on a given student’s positive relationships (e.g. mesosystem)? AITSAL 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 7.3 PROJECT BASED LEARNING Image you are having an end of the year activity for students and their families. The goal is to encourage connections between groups that may typically have little communication and are unfamiliar with each other’s cultural backgrounds. What sort of activities would you plan that could help create greater understanding and connections among parents and students?