2018 Special Topic Meetings
A number of excellent proposals were received for consideration for the 2018 special topic meetings. SRCD is excited to announce the selection of the two meetings listed below! The location and dates of these meetings are being finalized and will be posted at a later date.
- Promoting Character Development Among Diverse Children and Adolescents Through Out-of-School-Time Youth Development Programs
Organizers: Richard M. Lerner, Tufts University and Deborah Lowe Vandell, University of California-Irvine
Parents, schools, and out-of-school programs are united in an interest in identifying the contexts of youth that are associated with positive development. With increasing frequency, this interest is focused on a key indicator of such development: Character. Embodied by the vision of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, that “my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” the growing interest in character development is predicated on the aspirations of parents and of youth-development practitioners that enhancing children’s character will benefit both individuals and civil society.
Following on a 2016 meeting at the National Academies of Science Measuring Character Development, the 2018 Special Topics Character Development Meeting seeks to bring together developmental scientists, philosophers, educators, and practitioners to advance theory, research, and program practices pertinent to understanding character development as it occurs within and across the key settings of youth development. The program is expected to feature, among other topics, findings from longitudinal studies of character, work by biologists and epigenetic researchers who study social genomics and the mutually influential relations between individual and context, and practitioners within family, school, and out-of-school settings whose programs seek to promote character development. Other topics will include sessions that focus on the development of measures of character development that reflect both change-sensitive and invariant aspects of character and evaluation strategies for assessing programs designed to foster character development.
- Secondary Data and Developmental Science
Organizers: Pamela Davis-Kean, University of Michigan; Justin Jager, Arizona State University; Adriene Beltz, University of Michigan; Colter Mitchell, University of Michigan
Every day, every moment, and in every environment we are collecting data on how individuals develop across the lifespan. There is a wealth of data for understanding development but only a small number of developmental scientists have taken advantage of this data to study human development from cells to the environment. This meeting will provide a venue for scientists to learn and share research using these resources, but also training opportunities on using data archives and open source data that are well-suited for addressing questions of developmental scientists across multiple methods of data collection (survey, video, audio, neuroimaging, genetic testing, and evaluation, administrative), disciplines (psychology, sociology, economics, pediatrics, public health, anthropology, education), and cultures. This conference will highlight research using secondary sources of data but also provide a unique opportunity for the community to address their own developmental questions by being connected to a data resource for answering that question.