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DPSY 8215/6215: Lifespan Development

Final Project Assignment 
Overview 

The purpose of this Final Project Assignment is for you to recognize human development and outcomes (e.g., developmental constructs, processes, milestones, and stages) through the lifespan of an influential person. You will describe this person’s development through physical, cognitive, and social-emotional processes at various key periods of his or her development, and how their development is influenced by nature (genetics), nurture (environment), or both. 

For this Final Project Assignment, you will read a biography about an individual of your choosing. Think about leaders, artists, composers, researchers, professors, and otherwise influential people, etc. The person you choose should be someone who has had an impact (positive or negative) on others and/or society. 

This Final Project Assignment is a 6- to 8-page composed of three parts

 

Week 7: Part 1 
Activity 
For Part 1 of your Final Project Assignment, you will examine human development in terms of the nature/nurture influences of the influential person you chose. You will also explore the role cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development/changes have played in the person’s life. For the Final Project, you will only need to discuss two of the three processes. 

Also, for this part of your Final Project Assignment, you will submit Part 1 to your Instructor to receive feedback. Note this submission is a requirement for the Final Project. 

For Part 1 of the Final Project Assignment: 
Begin the Final Project Assignment by writing a 3- 4 page paper (Part 1), not including title page and references. 

 

For Part 1 of the Final Project Assignment, explain the development and outcomes of the person’s life through childhood in terms of the appropriate constructs, processes, and theories of development. Address as many of the relevant ages and stages as possible. 

 

Part 2
· Explain the person’s life from prenatal development through childhood in terms of nature/nurture influences. 
· Provide an analysis of the role cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development/changes have played in the person’s life. Note: You must select two of the three processes to include in your paper. 
· Include at least one theory that is relevant in describing the individual’s development. 

Use proper APA format, citations, and referencing. 

 

Week 10: Final Submission
Activity 

For this Final Project Assignment, you will complete a 6- 8-page paper (including Parts 1 and 2), not including title page and references. You will incorporate and finalize the feedback you received from your Instructor on Part 1, and prepare your Final Project for submission. 

 

For each of the following, explain the development and outcomes of the person’s life in terms of the appropriate constructs, processes, and theories of development. Address as many of the relevant ages and stages as possible. 

· Explain the person’s life in terms of nature/nurture influences. 
· Provide an analysis of the role cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development/changes played in the person’s life. Note: You must select two of the three processes to include in your paper. 
· Include at least one theory that is relevant in describing the individual’s development. 
· Explain major developmental events, phases, and turning points in the person’s life with developmental theories that best explain each. Include a brief description of each developmental theory and use as many as is fitting. You must include at least two theories from this course in your Final Project Assignment. 
· Explain the impact of diversity* on the person’s life (success, lack of success, struggles, challenges, decisions, etc.). 

*Diversity includes characteristics and factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, and physical ability. 

Diversity characteristics are distinct from adversity, which refers to hardship or misfortune. 

Use proper APA format, citations, and referencing. 

 

To prepare for this Final Project Assignment:

  • Review the Final Project Assignment Overview document found in this week’s Learning Resources.  (Provided Above)
  • Select a biography, not an autobiography, of an influential person. Your selection must be one person and not a group of individuals.
  • The biography should be written for adults and not children and cover the entire life of the individual.
  • You must use an actual hardcover/paperback book or ebook (Note: Using biography.com or other websites as primary sources of information is not acceptable).
  • You must include at least two theories from this course in your Final Project Assignment and discuss at least two of the three developmental processes (cognitive, physical, and social-emotional).

 

References

 

Berk, L. E. (2023). Development through the lifespan (7th ed.). Sage.

Bailey, R. (2005). Physical development and growth. . In Neil J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human development (pp. 1001–1007).

 Harris, Y. R. (2005). Cognitive development  In Neil J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human development (pp. 275–280).

 Susskind, J. (2005). Social development  In Neil J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Development (pp. 1191–1197).

Jensen, L. A. (2012). Bridging universal and cultural perspectives: A vision for developmental psychology in a global world  Child Development Perspectives, 6(1), 98–104. doi:10.1111/j.1750-8606.2011.00213.

Pinker, S. (2004). Why nature and nurture won’t go away  Daedalus, 133(4), 5–17.

Meyer, D., Wood, S., & Stanley, B. (2013). Nurture is nature: Integrating brain development, systems theory, and attachment theory The Family Journal, 21(2), 162–169. doi:10.1177/1066480712466808

 

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