This book unites an interdisciplinary body of experts in child development whose research and ideas challenge existing theories and conventional clinical practice in a variety of domains of early child development. This unique volume fills a gap in existing developmental research and offers applications for clinical practice to professionals, students, and researchers in developmental, social, and educational psychology.
"…the chapters are informative, well written and 'on top of' the current literature….Challenges to Developmental Paradigms issues the call for the right hand of practice to become aware of what the left hand of theory and research is doing. While the call is easier to sound than to answer, Zelazo and Barr should be commended for having made a worthwhile beginning."
"Thank you for a volume which stimulates and provokes, which displays our fields' creativity and ingenuity in theorizing and in investigating, and which maintains good doses of skepticism and optimism."
—Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
"The book is thought-provoking because it challenges or expands present concepts of normality and infant development. It is a scholarly, well-written work that does not attempt to offer any clinical solutions, but does pose very important questions. It should prove useful to a variety of child-health professionals."
Contents: Part I:Introduction. R.G. Barr, P.R. Zelazo, Do Challenges to Developmental Paradigms Compel Changes in Practice? An Introduction. Part II:Developmental Assumptions and Clinical Practice. P.H. Wolff, The Concept of Development: How Does it Constrain Assessment and Therapy? D.P. Waber, Rate and State: A Critique of Models Guiding the Assessment of Learning Disordered Children. R.G. Barr, Recasting a Clinical Enigma: The Case of Infant Crying. Part III:Perceptual-Cognitive and Language Development: Biological and Environmental Influences and Their Assessment. A.N. Meltzoff, P.K. Kuhl, Infants' Perception of Faces and Speech Sounds: Challenges to Developmental Theory. P.R. Zelazo, Infant-Toddler Information Processing and the Development of Expressive Ability. G.J. Whitehurst, J.E. Fischel, M. Caulfield, B.D. DeBaryshe, M.C. Valdez-Menchaca, Assessment and Treatment of Early Expressive Language Delay. Part IV:Neuromotor Development: Environmental Influences. P.R. Zelazo, M.J. Weiss, E. Leonard, The Development of Unaided Walking: The Acquisition of Higher Order Control. F. Katona, Clinical Neuro-developmental Diagnosis and Treatment. Part V:Emotion and Temperament: Biological Contributions. J. Kagan, N. Snidman, J.S. Reznick, J. Gibbons, M. Johnson, Temperamental Inhibition and Childhood Fears. M. Lewis, Culture and Biology: The Role of Temperament. Part VI:Developmental Paradigms. M.J. Konner, Spheres and Modes of Inquiry: Integrative Challenges in Child Development Research. M. Gopnik, Reflections on Challenges Raised and Questions Asked.