Child Development 133 (03, 04,
72, 73 & 74)
Research Methods in Human Development

Hembree            Spring, 2013


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.

Poster sessions are relatively informal settings at conferences where researchers present results of studies and address questions time for conversations about the research. Posters are designed to be summaries, not just your paper placed on the wall. They need to be readable and understandable, but brief.

The poster includes the following sections (it mirrors the structure of your written paper!):

TITLE and authors' names (across top of poster)

Abstract: The abstract is a brief summary of the entire project (<100 words)

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. 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 or frequency distributions, only summary statistics (means, std deviations) and results for t test.

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?

Use at least 20 point font for text and place the information left to right orientation. In some cases bullets may be useful for listing information. You may use either a standing poster board or tape your poster pages to the classroom wall. For information about (and tips for making effective) posters, see the following links:

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 25, 2013