Different Methods Of Conducting Human Developmental Research

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Descriptive and Experimental Research The two main methods of conducting human developmental research are descriptive and experimental research. As we look into these research methods we will find that they both have strengths and challenges. Perhaps that is why some people have mixed feelings about how reliable and/or secure these research experiments are. Descriptive research is also known as case studies. Understanding Human Development (2013) defines this type of research as “the complication of detailed information on an individual, a family, or a community through interviews, observations, and formal testing” (p. 21). This method is one of the initial approaches used to study human changes. The reasoning behind this type of research is to try to provide as close as possible the reality of “a parent-child interaction, a patient-doctor interaction, a classroom climate, or even a culture event” (Dunn & Craig, 2013 p. 21). This study usually takes place in their natural environment by observation and documenting only what they see. I would like to add that this type of research is not only used by researchers but also by society. For example, our text mentions that Charles Darwin and Jean Piaget kept a record of their children’s early development. These theorists recorded their children’s first smile, rolled over, sat upright and things of that nature. This documentation is called baby biographies but could also be called “mini milestones” because of the type of things…
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