Techniques Of Studying Human Development

Paper Code: 
HHD 224
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This course will enable the students to :


§  Understand the role of tools and computer applications in research.

·         Apply tools and techniques to gather data for analyzing and interpreting the development

·         To understand the significance of studying children

·         To acquaint students with various methods for studying children

·         To develop the ability to select appropriate methods for studying children

Unit I: 
Child Study Methods

Techniques of research in Human Development –Time span approach-cross sectional, longitudinal, sequential approach across the age span.

b)  Methods of studying behaviour – Observation, Interview , Questionnaire, Case study, Report writingMeaning, Types, Factors involved in preparation and administration,Advantages and disadvantages of techniques.

Unit II: 
Psychological & Intelligence test


a) Psychological Test –Characteristics and uses, limitations andethical considerations in testing

b) Assessment of mental ability – Verbal and non-verbal tests – Bayle Scales of InfantDevelopment, Wechsler Intelligence Scales for adults, Raven (Colour) Progressive Matrices, ModernBinet tests – Uses and limitations of tests

c) Gardner test of multiple intelligence-uses and limitations

Unit III: 
Sociometric& Emotional intelligence test



a) Measurement of Social and Emotional Development – Sociometric method and sociogram

b) Emotional intelligence -  Test and Uses and limitations.

c) Methods of studying Growth and Body Size– Significance of Anthropometric measurements.


) Personality Assessment – Rating Scales and Inventories -Cattle 16 PF, 16PF questionnaire.

b) Projective Techniques – Children Apperception tests, Word Association test, Draw-a-mantest, Rorschach ink-blot test, Thematic Apperception Test, psychodrama

c) Interest scales-Thurston scale and academic achievement test.


a) Assessment of Attitudes –Survey of batteries: Attitudes of various persons towards

various social issues- marriage, family planning and population education etc. Vocational attitude maturity scale

b)Adjustment inventories.

c) Assessment of Aptitude, Interest and Achievement – Survey of batteries, Differentialaptitude test, multiphasic interest inventory.

d) Evaluation of available tools, Relevance of tools to the Indian conditions, precautionary measures in the use of tools.

Essential Readings: 
  • Child Behaviour and Development- B Kuppuswamy-Vikas Publishing House, Ghaziabad.
  •  Contemporary Fields of Psychology and Experiments-M. Rajarnanikar-Concept Publishing, New Delhi.
  • Fundamentals of Educational Research- R.A. Sharma.
  • Research Methodology-Methods & Techniques-C.R. Kothari- WishwaPrakashan. New Delhi.
  • Training Instruments in HRD and OD-UdaiPareek-Tata Mcgraw Hill Publishing Company Ltd, New Delhi.
  • Research Methods-Ram Ahuja,Rawatpublications,New Delhi.
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