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Lifespan Development Resources

Students studying Lifespan Development this semester have a rich source of resources to draw from online.

I have been using Hootsuite to explore trending topics on my Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn streams.

Getting one’s craft on is a definite plus for Critical Conceptualisation and Reflection, Visualisation and Communication of interpretations.

One group of uni students in the USA stamped it up with Lifespan Scrapbooks.

Summaries of theories and approaches can be downloaded and read over at StuffSpec

Create and share on Quizlet


Companion text book sites, for summaries, multiple choice and flashcards, short essay and other learning resources.

Hop over to Youtube and Powtoon to make your own funtastic vids and animations. Your homework could help others! (email me if you’d like to Guest Post and earn with an Affiliates banner to host your piece).


Hootsuite putting the Social in Study Support

I just signed up for Hootsuite‘s 90-Day Higher Ed program; the use of social media to enable and encourage my learning.

The dashboard confused me ~:-) And I am going to watch some of the provided Webinars (videos) to make the most of the freebie resources the suite provides. I think the site has potential to aid in better study experiences for academics. Especially for the linking of material to relevant examples.

Alrighty, I just clicked on their startup guide. Come join us to navigate the site and to put its resourcefulness to full use at the tertiary level.



Visual Evaluation of Research

As psychologists, we are continually Evaluating information that we encounter. Interpretations are often written up as a report.

A report requires visual delivery of collated and analysed information. This makes it easier for The Reader to evaluate another’s interpretation of an event or phenomenon.

The LEAP Evaluation Visual Summary is a clear, concise and engaging evaluation (report) of Oxfam activities around leadership and poverty alleviation. The report was commissioned by Oxfam to Intelligent Measurement (the evaluators); stats in real world context.

global progress


Research Design: The Experiment

Research design is a large part of psychology and statistics studies. Measuring effect via The Experiment requires application of Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing (Design).

Assumptions must be met, or logically justified when negating.

Controlling for Extraneous and confound variables.

Randomnessness and Probability/Potential.

Cause –> Effect

Research Design: Experiment (Youtube playlist)


Limitations in Research Designs: Selection bias

As a psych n stats tutor:mentor , I get to evaluate a lot! of research designs. All designs with have some error (Chance) present. And this is ok, good and natural.

Depending on how we control and implement our design, a proportion of error/Chance, can be accounted for.

When critiquing a journal, attending to the Limitations section of the Discussion can be very informative.


Selection Bias

The sample is not representative of the wider population from which it is drawn. For example, ethnic/gender/age/ability/SES representations are not considered (undercoverage).

Or those who voluntarily respond to a callout for participation, are a different group to those who choose not to participate.

Non-response to a survey or parts of a survey, can also exclude groups and lose the real-world context of the study.

Non-random selection of a sample is also a cause of bias. Missing data is a problem. It is not unusual for the missing data to be estimated from the surrounding data, and used as regressors.


Internal and external threats to validity.

A bivariate scatterplot provides visualisation of patterns which are linear or not.


The Journal of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology


Rates, Club, e-Newsletter and Study Retreat



Competency and Confidence of Graduates: cla+ assessmnent

This mornings email newsletters included a discussion about the lack of stats thinking skills amongst graduates.

Diluted courses; a focus on the how without the why; and lack of relevancy to students with low math efficacy; are factors that I see generating low competent and low confidence grads into the workforce.

Things to talk about and explore

Just an half (40%) of the North American senior students were not proficient as critical thinkers. Over a tenth failed (14%) the CT assessment.

“The 40% of students tested who didn’t meet a standard deemed “proficient” were unable to distinguish the quality of evidence in building an argument or express the appropriate level of conviction in their conclusion” (Belkin, 2015).

Amongst Freshman students, almost a third apiece failed, demonstrated basic understanding, or showed to be proficient or higher in thinking critically.

grad students

Sample cla+

A 25 page practice assessment for CT.


CLA+ comprises a Performance Task (PT) and a Selected-Response Question
(SRQ) section.
There are three types of questions in the SRQ section: Scientific and
Quantitative Reasoning (SQR), Critical Reading and Evaluation (CRE), and
Critique-an-Argument (CA). CLA+ is administered online.
The PT containsan open-ended prompt that requires written responses. The SRQs

askthestudent to choose the best response based on the Document Library provided”(Council for Aid to Education, 2015, p. 1).

Critique of the cla+
Debbie Morrison of the blog Online Learning Insights, provides scope about cla+usefulness and weaknesses.



Belkin, D. (2015). Test finds college graduates lack skills for white-collar jobs. Retrieved May 18, 2015, from

Council for Aid to Education. (2015). cla+. Retrieved May 18, 2015, from



Disco Study!




OK, So Holland’s Hexagon is Go!

Wow~ I had no idea how useful Holland’s Hexagon resources are to many of the academic visitors on this site.

RAISEC Person Role Fit



Milgram’s Obedience Studies: Resistance

More than a few students of psychology visit my blog to access Milgram’s Obedience Studies resources.

The site listed here at an interesting site, IMO, Their on a mission that I am still reading and reflection on. Will keep posted.

The resource from Lermanet’s site provides background material as well; deepening and broadening awareness and usefulness of Milgram’s curiosity about Why People Do Crap Stuff To Others.

Summary and Conclusions

1) Conformity and obedience were much greater than anyone expected.

2) People don’t really know how they will behave in many situations.

3) The situation is extremely powerful in determining people’s behavior.

4) People’s motives and desires determine much of how they behave”.



Do you have Resources or Commentary to share…?



Language Development and Cultural Expression

“Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, Author, Academic and Unapologetic Border-Crosser, Shares How Reading Shapes a Writer’s Life“.



Conditioning: Classical and Operant Review

Conditioning is an important section of psychology second year studies. Such studies seek to explain responses (conscious and unconscious) and learnt behaviours.

I have gathered here a range of review resources for conditioning in psychology.

Classical Conditioning 1

Classical Conditioning 2

Classical Conditioning 3

Operant Conditioning 1

Operant Conditioning 2

Operant Conditioning 3

Operant conditioning 4

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