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Handbook of Integrative Developmental Science
Essays in Honor of Kurt W. Fischer

ISBN 9781138670730
Published April 7, 2020 by Routledge
536 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although integrative conceptions of development have been gaining increasing interest, there have been few attempts to bring together the various threads of this emerging trend. The Handbook of Integrative Developmental Science seeks ways to bring together classic and contemporary theory and research in developmental psychology with an eye toward building increasingly integrated theoretical and empirical frameworks. It does so in the form of a festschrift for Kurt Fischer, whose life and work have both inspired and exemplified integrative approaches to development.

Building upon and inspired by the comprehensive scope of Fischer’s Dynamic Skill Theory, this book examines what an integrated theory of psychological development might look like. Bringing together the work of prominent integrative thinkers, the volume begins with an examination of philosophical presuppositions of integrative approaches to development. It then shows how Dynamic Skill Theory provides an example of an integrative model of development. After examining the question of the nature of integrative developmental methodology, the volume examines the nature of developmental change processes as well as pathways and processes in the development of psychological structures both within and between psychological domains. The team of expert contributors cover a range of psychological domains, including the macro- and micro-development of thought, feeling, motivation, self, intersubjectivity, social relations, personality, and other integrative processes. It ends with a set of prescriptions for the further elaboration of integrative developmental theory, and a tribute to Kurt Fischer and his influence on developmental psychology.

This book will be essential reading for graduate students and researchers of developmental psychology and human development, specifically developmental science.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

What is an Integrative Theory of Development - And Why Do We Need One?, Thomas R. Bidell and Michael F. Mascolo


  1. Philosophical Foundations for an Integrative Theory of Human Development, Thomas R. Bidell
  2. Between the Natural and the Normative: The Concept of Development in Integrative Theories of Human Development, Zachary Stein (Meridian College) 
  3. Equilibration, Development, and Epistemic Adequacy, Michael Basseches (Department of Psychology, Suffolk University and Universidade de Lisboa) and Angela Brandão (Department of Biology, Universidade de Lisboa)
  4. Dynamic Skill Theory: An Integrative Model of Psychological Development, Michael F. Mascolo 


  6. Methodology without the Method: Re-building Psychology into a Developmental Science, Jaan Valsiner, (Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark)
  7. Education and Development as Complex Dynamic Agent Systems: How Theory Informs Methodology. Henderien Steenbeek & Paul Van Geert (Psychology, University of Applied Sciences of Groningen and University of Groningen, The Netherlands)


  9. Epigenesis without Preformationism, Robert Lickliter (Psychology, University of South Florida) and Hunter Honeycutt (Psychology, Bridgewater College)
  10. Motor Experience and Action Understanding: A Developmental Systems Perspective, Bennett I. Bertenthal
  11. Of Interest and Engagement: The Emotional Force of Learning and Development, Christina Hardway
  12. From Reflex to Meaning via Shared Routines, Jeremy Carpendale, (Simon Fraser University)
  13. The Puzzle of Microdevelopment: Variability, Fractals, and Why Developmental Change is So Different and Still the Same, Nira Granott
  14. The Cultural Framing of Development, Jin Li


  16. One Person, Many Selves: A Relational-Developmental Conception of Self and Personality, Michael F. Mascolo (Merrimack College) 
  17. The Landscape of Identity: Integrating Commitment Strength and Quality within a Developmental Framework (Mandy A.E. van der Gaag, Naomi M.P. de Ruiter, E. Saskia Kunnen & Harke A. Bosma, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  18. The Developmental Integration of Self in Relationships, Laura M. Hsu and Gabrielle O'Brien
  19. The Relational Origins of Morality and Its Development, Michael F. Mascolo and Allison DiBianca-Fasoli
  20. Rethinking Educational Assessment in Light of Strong Theory of Development, Theo L. Dawson


  22. Looking Forward: Contributions of the Neurocognitive Sciences on Teaching and Learning in the Digital Environment, Antonio M. Battro (Academia Nacional de Educacion, Argentina)
  23. Steps Toward an Integrative Theory of Psychological Development, Michael F. Mascolo (Merrimack College) and Thomas R. Bidell
  24. Kurt W. Fischer: Developmental Scientist Extraordinaire!, Richard M. Lerner (Tufts University) and Willis F. Overton (Psychology, Temple University)
  25. Kurt W. Fischer's Insight, Jerome Kagan (Harvard University)
  26. Index

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Michael F. Mascolo is Professor of Psychology at Merrimack College, US.

Thomas R. Bidell is an independent scholar who formerly taught at Boston College.