- Select a topic.
- Pick a domain that’s interesting to you (e.g., development of selective attention, attachment, autonomy, self-regulation, etc.)
- Focus on 1 developmental stage (e.g., early/middle/late childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, etc.)
- Locate 5 empirical studies in peer-reviewed journals that address 1 aspect of the domain identified above (e.g., environmental predictors of job satisfaction in young adulthood).
- Read the articles, taking notes on the methods, results, and conclusions.
- Write the paper (see format below).
- Include a title page, abstract, references page, and 5 pages of content.
- For the introduction, be sure to set up the importance of this particular issue, situating it briefly in context. At the end of the introduction should be a thesis statement that guides the following synthesis of research.
- For the body, be sure to include empirical details from each study, including design, participants, measures, findings, and interpretations. Synthesize the findings into a coherent narrative. Use transition statements as you move from 1 main idea to the next.
- For the conclusion, summarize your analysis and note the practical implications/applications.
- Avoid first and second person pronouns, and be sure to use past tense when describing completed research.
- Current APA standards must be followed.