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DIRECTIONS: Choose one question pertaining to developmental psychology to answer.  Make sure to answer it adequately, and clearly identify each part and question with its corresponding heading or number.  

CHAPTER 8: Developmental Psychology

(Choose ONE of the options below) 


Watch the 1 hour program, Life’s Greatest Miracle, on Nova’s website (https://www.pbs.org/video/nova-lifes-greatest-miracle/ (Links to an external site.)
).  Write a reflection about what you watched (at least 1 well written page double spaced).  It may be helpful to take notes or write down key facts as you are watching the video.  For example, you might provide responses to some of the following questions: What did you learn? What did you find fascinating?  What caught your attention?  


Watch an educational children’s T.V. show/cartoon (e.g., Sesame Street, Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer, etc).  Identify the show/cartoon and the day/time you watched it.  Provide a detailed description of the key concepts being taught and how they relate to SPECIFIC CONCEPTS about child development (at least 1 well written page double spaced).  For instance, how does the show relate to Piaget’s theory, language development, motor skills, gender roles, psychosocial development, etc. Do not just share with me the plot- I want to see 3-5 specific connections between the show and developmental psychology material.


Review the last four of Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development in your text and at the following website (http://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html (Links to an external site.)
) in regards to adolescence and adulthood.  Choose one or two of the stages and design interview questions that you could ask others to gain insight into their experiences during that particular stage.  You need to come up with at least 4-5 questions (clearly identify these in your assignment so I know what you were asking).  For example, one question I may ask others pertaining to stage 5 (adolescence) is to “explain how you decided on your chosen occupation.”  After you have designed your questions, use them to interview at least 2-3 other people (e.g., friends, family members).  It may be neat to interview multiple people across different age ranges/generations.  Record your interviewees’ responses to your questions.  Afterwards, reflect on the experience (e.g., what did you learn?  Were others successful in dealing with the developmental crisis of that stage?  Why or why not?  Anything you found difficult about interviewing others? etc.).