The paper must conform to the american psychological association (apa) writing style, edition 7.


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In an 1854 lecture, French biologist Louis Pasteur said, “Dans les champs de l′observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits prepares.” One English translation of this statement is “Chance favors the prepared mind.” This writing assignment requires you to apply Pasteur’s idea to the developmental scientists and to yourself. This project is intended as a capstone of the course to bring together your knowledge on developmental theories and research with a focus on the career trajectories and research of leading developmental psychologists from diverse backgrounds. The final product will be a short reflection paper.
Choose a developmental scientist that appears in the videos. Check out their faculty website and general information about the kind of research they conduct. I encourage you to pick a scientist that does research you are personally interested in.
Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer, Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education & Life Course Human Development
Dr. Gustavo Carlo, Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies
Dr. Cynthia García Coll, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor Emerita
Dr. Diane Hughes, Professor of Applied Psychology
Dr. Suzanne Randolph Cunningham, Associate Professor Emerita Family Sciences and Chief Science Officer
Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education and University Professor
Dr. Natasha J. Cabrera, Director, Family Involvement Laboratory and Professor, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
You will write a 3 – 4-page reflection paper describing:
A summary of the type of research your scientist conducts
Discuss whether it was clear earlier in your scientist’s life and education what career they would ultimately have.
Do you think they always knew which experiences would be important or impactful?
Discuss a challenge or experience in your scientist’s life that contributed to your scientist’s career choices and successes (found in Video 4). For example, think about skills, motivation, knowledge, and opportunities.
Reflect on the ways that you have already “prepared your mind” for possible career directions.
What additional experiences could help prepare your mind for possible future career directions? Consider, for example, courses, paid or volunteer work, or internships.
Explain what functions those experiences might serve. What are the resources or supports that you might need to have these experiences?
References and your title page are not counted in your page limit.
Formatting
The paper must conform to the American Psychological Association (APA) Writing Style, Edition 7. Please use 12-point and Times New Roman font. Standard 1-inch margins are required, and all pages should be double spaced. Please see the posted resources on APA formatting.

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