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Human Development

Use this tool to understand how the research skills contained in the course outcomes, or other indicators, align with developmental stages of information literacy and critical thinking. See how PCC Librarians can help support the integration of research concepts and skills at levels appropriate to the course outcomes. This guide was prepared by the PCC librarians for Human Development (PSY 215)

Research support framework

The following shows where Human Development fits into the Research Support Framework developed by PCC Librarians.

Information literacy developmental stage: 
Critical Thinking Support
  • I can explain and describe my position on this issue, and support it with primary sources
  • I can accurately summarize the scholarly conversation
Cognitive domains and information literacy outcomes: 
  • Complexity in research and analysis
  • Participant in scholarly conversation

Library support of CCOGs

These are the course outcomes and other indicators which require library support.

Intended course outcomes related to information literacy: 
  • Evaluate research using a multidisciplinary view of development that includes cross-cultural perspectives.


Outcome assessment strategies relating to information literacy: 

Research and write about relevant topics.

Course content relating to information literacy: 
  • Identify recent research and findings in the field of human development and be able to assess their validity.
Other indicators of required information literacy outcomes: 



Course integrated research support

These are the ways that the librarians can support information literacy achievement for the students in this course.

Corresponding information literacy outcomes: 
  1. Articulate the scholarly conversations on topics related to human development
  2. Analyze the arguments presented in scholarly sources
  3. Select sources based on validity and relevance


Information literacy instructional objectives: 
  1. Scan the journal and conference literature in human development for recent findings
  2. Locate and compare studies on similar research questions using library databases and scholarly online sources
  3. Evaluate sources for discipline-specific indicators of authority, affiliation, and validity


Bridging competencies: 
  • Differentiate sources based on the publication cycle, alternative forms of publication, audience, purpose
  • Understand the process of peer-review
  • Use various terms to search for concepts (synonyms, jargon, encompassing concepts)
  • Understand the differences between perspective v. point of view