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Developmental Psychology
Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Edited By

Richard M. Lerner

ISBN 9780367417840
Published December 22, 2021 by Routledge
290 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1983, the purpose of this book was to discuss the relations between philosophy and developmental psychology, as those relations existed over the course of the history of the discipline and as they existed at that time. Although not all portions of developmental psychology are surveyed, major proponents of several key areas are represented (e.g. organismic developmental theory, stage theory, life-span-developmental psychology, and the ecological approach to development). In addition, discussion of many currently prominent issues are included (e.g. constancy and change in human development, the use of multivariate models and methods, the role of the context in individual development, and the use of developmental theory in public policy and political arenas). The diversity of approaches and of interests present in the book are representative of the breadth of theoretical and empirical interests found in developmental psychology at the time.

Table of Contents

Foreword Virginia Sexton.  Preface.  Part 1: Introduction  1. The History of Philosophy and the Philosophy of History in Developmental Psychology: A View of the Issues Richard M. Lerner  Part 2: Perspectives on History and Philosophy  2. Developmental Categories and the Premise of Connectivity Jerome Kagan  3. The Idea of Development in Developmental Psychology Sheldon H. White  4. Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Observations on History and Theory Revisited Paul B. Baltes  5. Pluralism and Correlational Analysis in Developmental Psychology: Historical Commonalities Roger A. Dixon and John R. Nesselroade  6. The Context of Development and the Development of Context Urie Bronfenbrenner  7. A Trio of Trials Bernard Kaplan  Part 3: Commentary and Replies  8. A Reply to Kaplan Jerome Kagan  9. Developmental Psychology, Bewildered and Paranoid: A Reply to Kaplan Sheldon H. White  10. Rumours of Historiography Roger A. Dixon and John R. Nesselroade  11. Plato Out of Place and Time: A Rejoinder to Professor Kaplan Urie Bronfenbrenner  Part 4: Conclusion  12. Some Dynamic and Subjective Features of the History of Developmental Psychology Richard M. Lerner.  Author Index.  Subject Index.

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