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PSY 104 ash Week 1 DQ 1 Pervasive Issues.

PSY 104 ash Week 1 DQ 2 Developmental Domains
PSY 104 ash Week 2 Assignment The Role of Genetics on Development
PSY 104 ash Week 2 DQ 1 Developmental Milestones
PSY 104 ash Week 2 DQ 2 Research Findings
PSY 104 ash Week 2 DQ 3 Children Having Children
PSY 104 ash Week 3 Assignment Outline and Annotated Bibliography
PSY 104 ash Week 3 DQ 1 Nutrition and Youth
PSY 104 ash Week 3 DQ 2 Physical Disabilities.
PSY 104 ash Week 4 DQ 1 Research Perspectives
PSY 104 ash Week 4 DQ 2 Childhood Learning
PSY 104 ash Week 5 Assignment Developmental Psychology Research Paper
PSY 104 ash Week 5 DQ 1 Statistical Information
PSY 104 ash Week 5 DQ 2 Play and Self-Concept


Week 1 DQ1 Pervasive Issues

For the three pervasive issues surrounding child development, select two to define. Along with the definition for each, provide an example from your own experience with children (e.g., as a child yourself, your own children, your observations of others) and a research finding about the issue.

The issues from which you will choose are listed in Chapter 1. They are a) nature versus nurture, b) continuous versus discontinuous development, and c) critical and sensitive periods of development.

Your initial response should be between 200-250 words.

In your responses to at least two peers, please provide an extension of the opinion expressed, a counter opinion, or another example from research applicable to the opinion expressed.

Week 1 DQ2 Developmental Domains

Discuss the domains of development (physical, cognitive, and psychosocial) in relation to one age range of normal development. Through the perspective of at least one major developmental theory, explain the developmental accomplishments during that age range for all three domains. Provide research-based evidence from the articles assigned or your own research in the library in peer-reviewed articles for what occurs during each period.

The Role of Genetics on Development

In a 3 to 4 page paper (excluding title and reference pages), explain the role of genetics in development.  How do genes of the two parents influence the traits of an offspring?  Include an examination of how abnormalities can contribute to genetic and /or chromosomal disorders.  In your paper, you must include at least one of the following genetic and/or chromosomal disorders mentioned in the reading:

  • Sickle cell disease
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Tay-Sachs disease
  • Down syndrome
  • Klinefelter’s syndrome
  • Turner syndrome
  • Cystic fibrosis

Include an introduction with a thesis statement and a conclusion.  Be sure to include at least 3 APA cited sources in addition to your textbook.


Week 2 DQ1 Developmental Milestones

Watch each required video, Child Develoment Milestones and How I Learn. Relate the developmental milestones in the videos to your reading in the textbook. Assess critical periods in the cognitive and psychosocial development of children from birth to 3 years of age.  If a parent of a 2-year old child asked you what to do because the child was not speaking in sentences like their older sibling did, what advice would you give the parent? Why would you give this specific advice?  What other explanations might be given in this situation and why would you choose to not provide those to the parent?


Week 2 DQ2 Research Findings

Based upon your readings from the course materials and your own independent research, discuss three research findings related to development from conception to 2 years of age. Relate these findings to any topic in Chapter 2’s reading. These topics include culture influences on nutrition, genetic factors affecting mental health, and the birthing process.

Week 2 DQ3 Children Having Children

Review the article, When children have children to learn about the effects teen pregnancy has on the teenage mother and her family as well as possible risks to the developing baby.  Imagine you are putting together a training tool about the effects of pregnancy, geared towards educating teenage girls.

You have two options when completing this discussion.

Option A:  Create a 1 page visually appealing training tool using Glogster.  For help using Glogster, follow these instructions.

Option B:  Write a 200-250 word article that could be printed in a magazine for teen girls.

Final Paper Outline and Annotated Bibliography

For the Week Three written assignment you will be submitting an outline with a thesis statement as well as an annotated bibliography in order to prepare you to write the final paper for this course.

After deciding upon the three developmental theories you will compare and contrast for the final paper in Week 5, locate research that has been conducted on those developmental theories. You will find research and empirical articles located in the online library.  You must click on scholarly, peer-reviewed when searching for your articles.  The articles are to be direct reports of research conducted by the authors. The articles are not to be literature reviews, editorials, or book reviews.

You are to have a minimum of six sources in addition to any use of the textbook. At least five of the sources are to be scholarly, peer-reviewed empirical research articles from which reports of research for evidence-based information can be obtained.

After you have determined your topic and located your resources, you will be creating an outline.  Be sure your outline is written in APA outline form. To see an example of this, please visit the Ashford Writing Center in the left-hand navigation tab.  Your outline must include:

  • A thesis statement that provides the main topic of your paper
    • Three pieces of evidence that support your thesis
    • A concluding statement

At the end of the outline, create an annotated bibliography.  An annotated bibliography for this assignment is one that is in APA format and is followed by a brief description of how the resource is relevant to the topic of your paper.  Please visit the Ashford Writing Center for a sample annotated bibliography.

Please submit your outline with thesis statement and annotated bibliography of six scholarly sources for this week’s assignment.

Week 3 DQ1 Nutrition and Youth

Review the information about nutrition, physical activity, and obesity provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Visit the various links provided by the CDC on nutrition, physical activity, obesity in America, and effects of weight on health and emotions for everyone and health professionals. You may also include information from the required readings on brain and motor development.

List three important facts health professionals need to communicate to the community about healthy child and adolescent development. Provide specific explanation on why each of these facts is vital for people to know.

List three important facts that you can use to change your life or your family’s or that you could use to help your friends or community. Provide specific explanation on changes you or others can make based upon each of these facts

Week 3 DQ2 Physical Disabilities

Locate an article on either a child or adolescent with a physical disability (brain or motor). Alternatively, you could also interview someone you know who is a parent of a child or adolescent with a physical disability.

From your reading and/or discussions, explain what aspects of development are connected with the disability. Additionally, answer at least 2 of the following questions in your posting:

How does the physical disability affect overall brain or motor development?
How does the physical disability affect the family?

How old was the person when the physical disability was diagnosed? Explain what differences might have occurred in the person’s development if the disability would have been found earlier.
Is the cause known for the disability? If it is, what is it? If it is, what treatment or interventions, if any, might have prevented the disability?

Week 4 DQ1 Research Perspectives

Choose one of the following topics to discuss:
Does child psychological development follow the same path as child physical development?  Include citations from at least two scholarly sources to support your discussion.
Does adolescent psychological development follow the same path as adolescent physical development?  Include citations from at least two scholarly sources to support your discussion.

Week 4 DQ2 Childhood Learning

Watch the video, Learning Disabilities FAQ and briefly describe one of the following from Chapter 4 of the reading:
Reading Disabilities and Dyslexia
Do you think all learning difficulties are associated with learning disabilities? Why, or why not?

Developmental Psychology Research Paper

The intent of the final paper is to show students’ accomplishment of course learning outcomes through critical analysis of theory and research.

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