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To learn what is involved in and how to make and to communicate a research question in developmental psychology about the learning of ethnically diverse children in an informal setting based on computer technology and telecommunication (see the five core questions) through integration of the data base of field notes (both yours and your fellow students'), assigned readings, and your personal (and other class members') experience.
You should also learn to imagine possibly interested audiences for your learning. Who might want to know what you are coming to know? How might the answers to these questions shape your two final papers?
In your final papers, we expect you to:
Your 150-word abstracts should include: the purpose of the paper and its importance (1-2 sentences), your method (1 sentence), findings (1-2 sentences), implications (1 sentence), and addressed audience (i.e., who might be interested in reading the paper) (1 sentence). Of course, the numbers of sentences are suggested and may vary.
Please, keep in mind that your final papers are not confidential and should be addressed to the general public. You must take responsibility for protecting privacy of the involved children, Barrios Unidos staff, and your fellow students whom you discuss in the paper. Protecting privacy and the well-being of the community you studied (and its individual members) must be your highest priority as a researcher. We suggest to use four privacy protection rules:
You are encouraged to read each other's papers and to provide feedback and comments for one another. This process is extremely valuable for your own learning and is a wonderful way to be helpful and participate in others' learning. We request that you include acknowledgments for those who read and commented on your paper as well as for the participants in your research.
You should provide references to field notes, Web discussions, and literature (assigned or additional) in the text of the papers and a reference list at the end of the paper (the reference list is counted in the length of the papers :-). The reference format can vary and should include:
It is also appropriate to refer to personal communication or class presentation. In these cases make reference only in the body of your text and do not put in the reference list. The format should include author(s), approximate date of exposure, and type of exposure (e.g., personal communication, class presentation).
In your first paper, you should use at least one additional chapter, article, or book reference that is not included in the assigned reading and at least two other WWW sites (see How to find a topic of your interest on Internet). For additional WWW site references, use the format described above.
Source for help
|1. If you have problems with keeping up with the schedule of development of the final papers, you should contact your TA as soon as possible.||The final papers are the culmination of the class activities -- you should learn how to prioritize working on them.||Your TA|
|2. If you feel that, although you keep up with the schedule, you are overwhelmed with the final papers, please, contact your TA and/or the Instructor.||It is important to find a zone of comfort in learning. This may require you to adjust the way you organize your activities, to make special arrangements, and/or to adjust the course assignments.||Your TA, Instructor|
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