This guide is designed for students undertaking research for the Interdisciplinary Studies Field Senior Thesis (ISF 190).
The study of child development employs multiple disciplines: psychology and education study the mental processes of learning; anthropology researches the diverse ways childhood is experienced in different cultures; history investigates how childhood has changed over time; sociologists study the unequal worlds children experience today; political science and public policy analysis seek to understand variation in educational policy and its impact. The ISF Research Field in Childhood Development and Education helps orient students to a multidisciplinary approach to these problems and questions. Students work with a variety of methods -- experiments, archival research, statistical causal analysis, and ethnography -- and a variety of source types, including case studies, data and statistics, news, scholarly journals, and experimental research.
This guide is organized by the types of sources being researched. News and Statistics are specific kinds of primary sources. Academic research usually comprises secondary source material such as articles, essays and scholarly reports. The list of organizations points students toward both primary and secondary material. Recommended readings provide context for student research. Campus Resources offer guidance to events and expertise at Berkeley.
The ISF department site provides more information about the Child Development and Education research field,