Through the evaluation and integration of developmental theories, this volume proposes a new structural/behavioral model of development. Dr. Horowitz’s model helps account for both the behavioral development of children (with extensions across the life-span) and for the universal and non-universal characteristics in human behavioral development. Exploring Developmental Theories also sheds a new and different light on the nature- nurture or heredity-environment controversy and on the topic of continuity and discontinuity in development.
Exploring Developmental Theories:
*examines the concepts of stage, structure, and systems; organismic theory; and general system theory;
*analyzes open and closed systems as well as organismic and mechanistic world views;
*integrates the concepts associated with organismic and mechanist world views;
*examines learning mechanisms and processes that foster the acquisition of behavior, and
*discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Gessel, Piaget, and behaviorism in accounting for behavioral development.
"This book is a fine and bold attempt to build a model of development. Few try it, and Horowitz is to be commended for both the effort and its results … Horowitz's model is important precisely because she has attempted to overcome what others have considered unbridgeable."
Contents: Overture. Organismic Theory: Stage, Structure, and System. Behaviorism: Processes of Acquisition and Organization of Mechanisms. Environment and Development. Synthesis: A Structural/Behavioral Model of Development. Using the Model for Developmental Research.