Child Development 210
  Seminar in Social Development
  Spring, 2012 - Hembree

   

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4/9/12

  • I have extended the deadline for (optional) early drafts. They are now due on or before April 24th. Again, these should not be "rough" in the sense that they are unedited, but you may submit a well-edited section or two if you cannot complete an entire draft.

  • Feel free to visit during office hours or set up an appointment to talk about your final paper. I will hold extended office hours for this class this week. You may drop in Wed 9:30-10:30, or Th 9:30-10:30; 12:00 - 3:00.

  • Besides the proposal paper handout for the course, here are some resources you may find useful as you write your paper:

THE LITERATURE REVIEW: A FEW TIPS ON CONDUCTING IT

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - HOW TO WRITE A LITERATURE REVIEW

Some additional things to remember:

1) The biggest challenge in writing a literature review is creating its structure. In reading the research on your topic, group together articles around a theme or idea and use them in the paper to support that idea. Headings and subheadings can help to organize your paper.

2) Generally speaking, it is best to start out general and become more specific (no pun intended). If your review will include theory and research on a topic, begin by discussing theory, then discuss the research.

3) You should work to connect and integrate the articles you review THROUGHOUT your paper, as well as in your conclusion. This is often done when introducing a new study, through the use of transition sentences/clauses.  Think about how each article or study relates to everything else and make that connection explicit to the reader.

4) Donít forget to cite authors/articles, when appropriate. When you make a point, be sure to back it up either with a logical argument or empirical evidence. 

5) Your conclusion should include a summary, integration, and general evaluation of the research you present. Your conclusions should lead to a research question or to the need for the development of your project materials. You might also want to draw conclusions as you go, say at the end of a long section. Conclusions should be based on the research you present in the paper. Do not draw conclusions that have no basis in that research.

6) Some mechanics:

  • Page numbers and headers at top right hand corner; adhere to APA style and format for the thesis.

  • Be sure to proofread your paper thoroughly and revise and rewrite. One draft will not likely pass muster. Donít rely solely on my (or a peer's) edits/feedback; read and re-read and edit the paper yourself each time you re-work your paper.

  • Remember that a literature review and proposal is a relatively formal piece of writing. Avoid slang and other informal forms like colloquialisms or contractions, and stay away from personal opinions. Avoid using a narrative style: this work is not a diary entry or a story.. 

7) Look for good examples of literature reviews and introduction sections in the literature on your topic. Note what authors do in presenting the literature in your area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3/22/12

  • Please check the updated course schedule. I have adjusted the topics on the schedule slightly and added scanned readings.

  • Don't forget to submit your weekly discussion questions to me via email weekly by noon on the Monday before class, so that they can be included in the lecture/discussion that week. The deadline is necessary to give discussion leaders an opportunity to incorporate your questions in their presentations and handouts.

  • Keep in mind that I will read early drafts if they are submitted on or before April 17th. These should not be "rough" in the sense that they are full of grammatical errors or are unedited, but you may submit a well-edited section or two if you cannot complete an entire draft. Feel free to visit during office hours or set up an appointment to talk about your final paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3/2/12

  • Please check the updated course schedule. I have adjusted the topics on the schedule slightly and added scanned readings.

  • The outline and list of references for your proposal/intervention paper is due on or before 3/14 (before Spring break)

  • Don't forget to submit your weekly discussion questions to me via email weekly by noon on the Monday before class, so that they can be included in the lecture/discussion that week.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1/29/12

  • I have posted all of the empirical articles for discussion leader/summary critique papers and will post additional readings as the semester progresses. Please check the course schedule weekly for course readings and assignments.

  • Don't forget to submit your weekly discussion questions to me via email weekly by noon on Monday (starting 1/30).  

  • Each student will also serve as a discussion leader for one journal article from the reading list over the course of the semester. Please check the starred readings on the course schedule and provide your first three article choices by Feb 7th. I will then assign everyone an article by the following class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1/24/12

Hello and welcome!  Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as we begin the course:

  • Please take a little time to browse through the course web pages this week. You'll likely find some helpful information about course assignments and resources. I do not suggest that you print out the entire web site! Instead, print off those pages that have information you need in written form (i.e., assignment handouts, lecture outlines). There are a lot of pages for me to take care of, so if any of the links are missing, or if you are having difficulties, let me know.

  • You can keep on track in the course and assignment due dates by accessing the course schedule. The course schedule will be updated periodically. Be sure to check this announcements page and the course schedule weekly.

  • There is no textbook for this course. Instead, readings from several sources are linked to the course schedule. Use the password provided on the first night of class to access these pdf files. A good portion of the course will be run as a discussion seminar. Beginning next week (1/31) use the weekly readings to develop discussion questions to send to me via email by MONDAY noon the day before class. 

  • Each student will also serve as a discussion leader for one journal article from the reading list over the course of the semester. Please check the starred readings on the course schedule and provide your first three article choices by Feb 7th. I will then assign everyone an article by the following class.

 

 

Send problems, comments or suggestions to: hembrees@csus.edu. Updated: January 15, 2012

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