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Week 1 - Assignment: Discuss the Scope of Developmental Psychology

This assignment has two parts. Please combine both parts and submit as one Word document.

Part 1

Consider the assigned readings and resources for this week, and prepare a paper exploring the scope of developmental psychology. In your own words (no direct word-for-word quoting), but supporting your answers with scholarly sources, address the following:

  1. What is human development?

  2. What is lifespan perspective in human development?

  3. What do developmental psychologists do?

  4. Identify and explain one developmental issue in each of the major life-periods:

    • Childhood

    • Adolescence

    • Adulthood

Length: 3–4 pages

Part 2

Now, spend some time reviewing the syllabus and browsing the course textbook, and review instructions for week 8 final/signature assignment.

Next, consider your own areas of interest or specialization in psychology and present one question/topic/issue within the field of developmental psychology that you are curious about and would want to focus on and explore further during this course. State the topic/issue/question and provide a brief description/elaboration of your choice. Be sure to follow the additional information provided in the "Heads up on the Signature Assignment" section of the Introduction to this week.

Length: approx. 1 page

Be sure to use the academic integrity checklist, located under your weekly resources, when preparing your assignments to assist you in keeping track of your research information. This checklist is not graded but will help your faculty in providing you additional direction and information on your writing and research skills.

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy.

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