Fall SAVY 2019: Day 3 – Psychology in Action (Grades 3/4)
While I was very sad that this was our last week together, I was also very proud to see our researchers present their work during the poster session!
As you already know, our researchers created and presented individual posters during our open-house poster session. Our class spent hours working to gather the content that went into their posters.
In order to make sense of the data our researchers collected, we spent some time learning about some of the statistical procedures used by developmental psychologists. The class was very enthusiastic about using their math skills to organize, summarize, and interpret the data they collected. Once our researchers had some practice with measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode), the class took on the challenge of applying these techniques to their very own data sets. The hard part was learning how to interpret the values they calculated. I was very impressed at the insights of our researchers as they manipulated their data sets and formulated their conclusions.
Our class also had to opportunity to learn about dissemination of research findings from graduate student working in the Department of Psychology and Human Development. Our researchers survived and thrived as they presented their results to these professionals. Our visitors had many great questions to ask about our experimental design and shared strategies with our class to communicate findings to the public.
It has been a fun-filled and engaging few weeks and I am very happy to say that your kids are officially on the path to becoming developmental psychology researchers!