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  • PSYCHOLOGY 290    Section: 2


    Winter Quarter 2005

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. See instructor for CRN.

    Course title:            Developmental Methodology

    Course description:   This course is focused on key methodological issues associated with the study of development from a life-span perspective.  General areas of concern include the conceptualization of research problems, research design, measurement, and data analysis and modeling.   The purpose of the course is to assist graduate students in the acquisition of skills in the formulation of research questions, design of studies, and selection of appropriate measurement devices and methods of analysis for the examination of research issues from a life-span developmental perspective.


    Issues of measurement in developmental research

    The age variable in developmental research

    Quasi-experimental designs in developmental research

    Applications of factor analysis to developmental research

    Structural-causal analysis in developmental research

    Intraindividual variability developmental research

    Dynamical systems applied to developmental research

    Selection and selection effects

    Philosophical/Political issues in developmental research


    Presentation of research proposal 30%, written report of research proposal 40%, critique of published studies 30%.  There are no formal examinations



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    157 Young M   2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Emilio Ferrer , Ph.D. 174C Young Hall Wednesdays 1-3pm