GENERAL FOCUSThis paper focuses on the notion of the Developmental Nicheand its three components. Write about the Developmental Niche of your own childhood, or the childhood of an individual whom you know very well. (For the latter, you must know the persons family too.)GUIDELINESYou are expected to write about5 pages(no less than 4 pages; no more than 6 pages). Use headers throughout the paper. For example, when completing #2 on the prompt you should begin with the header:Physical and Social SettingYOUR DEVELOPMENTAL NICHEYour paper should include the 5 sections below.1) Introduction paragraphGet readers ready for your discussion (in one to two paragraphs).Tell readers about thepurposeof your paper. Explicitly mentionculturein your statement of purpose.Introduce the notion ofdevelopmental niche; tell readers what it is and why it is important in a discussion of child development and culture.Tell readers whose developmental niche you are describing. Provide a fewbackgrounddetails about the focal person: i.e., ethnic/cultural background, social class, education and gender.Identify theageperiod(s) you will focus on.2) Physical & Social SettingsTell readers about your or the target childsneighborhood(s)/ community/location. Briefly describe all four categories below.Givephysical settinginformation such as (a) city & state; (b) rural, urban, suburban; and (c) pertinent geographical characteristics. Also, describe your homes physical characteristics (e.g., apartment).Givesocial classinformation of neighborhood such as low-income, working-class, middle-class, or mixed. Also, mention the social class of your family.Givecultural/ethnicityinformation for neighborhood: i.e., degree of cultural diversity or specific cultures/ethnicities living there.Describewholived in your home and which people you regularly spent time with.3) Childcare practices & family InteractionsTell readers about the kinds of childcare practices & adult-child interactions that regularly occurred in your developmental niche (using multiple paragraphs). Focus & elaborate onthe following 2 kinds:Language practices (e.g., teasing, verbal humor, emotion talk, storytelling, or other conversational practicesFamily activities (e.g., dinnertime, recreation, or educational activities; household chores)Discipliningor behavior regulation practices4) Psychology of Caregivers (ethnotheories):Tell readers about some beliefs, values, socialization goals, and/or expectations of your parents or other family members. Focus and elaborate on at least2 kindsof beliefs, values, goals, etc.; focus on ones that relate to the practices and interactions you describe in the section on caregiver practices/family interactions. Choose from the following:Collectivistand/orindividualistsocialization goalsBeliefs about learning & development; beliefs about talking to childrenBeliefs about childrens emotions and/or self-esteemDevelopmental and educational expectations5) AnalysisDraw conclusions and wrap up the paper.Write three paragraphs (one for each component of the Developmental Niche) on how your childhood developmental niche influenced yourdevelopment as an adult.Include at least one example from each of the three components of the Developmental niche.WRITINGYou will also be evaluated onwriting mechanics. Be sure toproofreadyour paper before submitting.Use goodsentence structureandpunctuationin your writing.Aim for goodorganizationof your descriptionsUse amoderately formalstyle of writing. For example, write mother rather than mom; and avoid colloquial expressions and slang.It is fine torefer to yourselfin this paper, and therefore to use I, me, and my. In fact, you are encouraged to do this.
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