Child Development 133 
Research Methods in Human Development

Sections 04, 68 & 69
Hembree            Spring, 2011


Poster Presentations

On the last day of class, we will hold a "poster session" so that we may present research projects. Each group is responsible for creating a poster that summarizes their research study. The poster includes the following sections (it should mirror the structure of your written paper!):

Abstract: The abstract is a brief summary of the entire project.

Introduction: Give a brief overview of previous research, and the hypothesis(es) of your study. Be sure to provide a couple of relevant references.

Method: Describe any materials you used and the procedures you employed.  You may want to provide examples.

Results: Your results should mirror your hypothesis or hypotheses. After providing descriptive statistics (means, standard deviations) for each group, restate the hypothesis and describe how you tested it (independent groups t or paired t-test). Then describe the outcome of your tests (significant, non-significant).  You can use a figure or table to help illustrate. Do not provide raw data, only summary statistics.

Discussion: Explain the results of your study with respect to previous research.  Why do you think the results turned out the way they did? What do you think future research on this topic should address?

For information about (and tips for making effective) posters, see the following links:

We will use the walls of the classroom to present the work, taping the various pieces to the wall (rather than using push pins).

You may split the tasks associated with preparing your poster within your group any way you like. A group grade will be assigned based on clarity and organization of your poster (10 points). Group members must be present at the poster session to receive credit for the presentation.  

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California State University, Sacramento
College of Education
Department of Child Development

Updated: January, 2011