Focus of Final Research Paper: The Final Research Paper for this class will be a comprehensive application of the knowledge gained and the implication for an effective learning environment. Students will select ONE stage of development (infancy, toddler, or preschool) and define the developmental characteristics (milestones) of this age group, describe several ideas for appropriate activities that will enhance their development, and provide a rationale for these selected activities. For example, motor development for a toddler begins with walking. What are some activities or strategies that can be used to promote this development? Each of the developmental areas listed below should have a minimum of one page dedicated to these items. The final paper must be 7-10 pages in length. Developmental areas to be included: * Cognitive * Motor * Social * Emotional * Moral * Physical Appearance * Language Writing the Research Paper The Final Research Paper: * Must be seven- to ten- double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide. * Must include a cover page that includes: o Student’s name o Course name and number o Title of paper o Instructor’s name o Date submitted * Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement which includes the developmental stage addressed in the paper. * Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. * Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph. * Must use APA style as outlined in your approved style guide to document all sources. * Must include three additional scholarly references in addition to the text book. * Must include a bibliography that is completed according to APA style as outlined in your approved style guide. * Must be well organized and reflect college level writing. My textbook ISBN 978-0-205-511389 Infants, Children, and Adolescents by Laura E. Berk 6th ed
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