What is Developmental Research? - Definition, Purpose & Methods


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Developmental research is primarily focused on

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1. Gerald told you that he is conducting cross-sectional developmental research that involves elementary school children. What can you accurately say about Gerald's study?

2. Juanita designed a study in which the same participants will return to her lab every two years for ten years. What kind of study did Juanita design?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Developmental research involves the study of a person's growth, and these questions will help you test your knowledge of what that research encompasses. These assessments will quiz you on the goals of developmental research as well as cross-sectional and longitudinal research techniques.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet combo will test you on the following topics:

  • Understand the goals of developmental research
  • Recognize the cross-sectional research technique
  • Understand longitudinal research studies
  • Goals when designing an experiment

Skills Practiced

Students practice these skills in this quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychology lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding developmental research
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as cross-sectional and longitudinal research methods

Additional Learning

Learn more about the characteristics of developmental research in the accompanying lesson What Is Developmental Research? - Definition, Purpose & Methods. This lesson examines the following topics:

  • Define developmental research
  • View the methods of used in developmental research
  • Examine cross-sectional studies and longitudinal studies