Importance of Theory and Research in Child Development
Prior to completing this journal assignment, please read Modules 1and 2 in your textbook, view the “Endless Questions”
video, and review any relevant Instructor Guidance. You may want to
look specifically at the interactive media tools demonstrating
information on theory which are provided in the Section 1.5 (within
Module 1) of the textbook.
In a Journal entry of 500-1000 words, begin by reflecting on this
anecdotal phrase that one might hear, “I did that with my children and
it worked fine for them.” Describe your own thoughts about this
statement and explain why this may be true in some cases, but not in
others. You may use personal experiences or examples to support your
evidence-based statements and opinions, if you wish.
Then, watch the “Endless Questions”
video analyzing child development research and find one additional
scholarly source of your choice (see tips and a link to tutorials below)
and use them to reflect on and answer the following questions:
- Why is it important to utilize developmental theory to explain a foundational knowledge of children's development?
- What makes scholarly research different from anecdotal evidence
(or personal experience) in explaining child and adolescent
development? [Hint: Consider the methodology of the article you are
- Identify and briefly describe the key points of one of the
major developmental theories and why you feel that theory is applicable
to child and/or adolescent development.
Finally, relate the value of continued learning with a concluding
reflection on why we should incorporate both personal experience and
scholarly research grounded in theory to help support any statements
made in this class or any other professional setting.