Gathering, Analysing and Reporting Research Data Essay Outline

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The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to gathering, analysing and reporting research data. The focus is on examining Piaget’s concepts in a practical way. It links to your achievement of the Unit Outcomes 3 and 4: 3 Collect, analyse and interpret data with respect to the domains of development. 4 Develop academic essay and report writing skills The assignment consists of clear steps which are outlined below: Gathering the data (revisit Chapter 2 for information on ethics, observation and note taking) • Collect about 20 small items that can be sorted or categorised in multiple ways e.g. shells, screws / nails, buttons, pictures from a shopping catalogue or magazine etc. • Select two people of different ages.…show more content…
• How many different ways could they group the data? • Did they have difficulty understanding the task? Did they seek your approval of their responses? Did they make connections to other experiences, similar objects etc? Interpreting the data • Based on your evidence, what can you say about the conceptual development / schemes and so on (look at Piaget’s concepts) of your participants? • Is this typical of the age group / stage according to your understandings? Reporting the data • Write a short report 1,500 - 2,000 words (1.5 line spacing) summarising data and analysing it in terms of what you know about typical cognitive development of the participants’ age groups. Use the standard report headings given below. Be clear, succinct and objective. Try and avoid saying “I did this…” “I asked….” Use “third person” or passive tense: “the objects to be sorted were….” “the questions asked are listed….” o Assignment 2 Cover Sheet + Assignment 2 marking rubric + as an appendix, completed consent from (from the Blackboard site) o Introduction. (about 1 page) Explain the purpose of your assignment and include some information about cognitive development – remember to correctly acknowledge where you get your information i.e. APA in-text referencing. o Method. (1 page) Provide the age and gender of your participants. Keep them anonymous but you can give them a pseudonym. It’s nicer to read about “Jack” rather than

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