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Handbook of Integrative Developmental Science

Essays in Honor of Kurt W. Fischer, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael F. Mascolo, Thomas R. Bidell


664 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The Handbook of Integrative Developmental Science, inspired by the integrative nature of dynamic skill theory, explores the ways in which integrative approaches in developmental science can be employed to further advance theory and research in developmental science. This handbook brings together a diverse collection of essays discussing integrative theory and practice in developmental science across the lifespan that not only illustrate the comprehensive scope of dynamic skill theory, but also forge new research directions for the field.

Rather than simply summarizing recent research, this book presents samples of exemplary works in this field along with theoretical chapters that place them in historical and philosophical context. The five part structure divides essays into an introductory section, Methods for Integrative Psychology of Development, Change Processes, Pathways and Processes Within and Between Psychological Domains, and Moving Forward. The team of expert contributors cover a range of topics in the context of integrative developmental science including morality, methadology, personality development, microdevelopment, as well as considering the foundations of the discipline and future directions. Although integrative approaches have been gaining increasing interest, there has been no attempt to bring together the various strains of this trend. This book does so in the form of a festschrift for Kurt Fischer, whose life and work have both inspired and exemplified integrative approaches to development.

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

Table of Contents


Introduction, Tom Bidell and Michael F. Mascolo

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


  6. Methodology without the Method: Re-building Psychology into an Integrative 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 and (Psychology, University of Applied Sciences of Groningen and University of Groningen, The Netherlands)


  9. The Epigenesis of Development, Robert Lickliter (Psychology, University of South Florida) and Hunter Honeycutt (Psychology, Bridgewater College)
  10. Of Interest and Engagement: The Emotional Force of Learning and Development, Christina Hardway (Merrimack College)
  11. Reiterative Microdevelopment: Variability and Social Origins of Developmental Change, Nira Granott (Independent Researcher)
  12. From Reflex to Meaning via Shared Routines. (Jeremy Carpendale, Simon Fraser University)
  13. The Cultural Framing of Development, Jin Li (Education, Brown University)
  14. Rethinking Educational Assessment in Light of a Strong Theory of Development, Theo Linda Dawson (Developmental Testing Service)


  16. One Person, Many Selves: A Relational Approach to Personality Development, Michael F. Mascolo (Merrimack College)
  17. Motor Experience and Action Understanding: A Developmental Systems Perspective Bennett Bertenthal (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington)
  18. 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)
  19. The Developmental Integration of Self in Relationships, Laura Hsu and G. O’Brien (Merrimack College)
  20. The Relational Origins of Morality and Its Development, Michael F. Mascolo (Psychology, Merrimack College and Allison DiBianca Fasoli, Psychology, Middlebury College)


  22. Looking Forward: Contributions of the Neurocognitive Sciences on Teaching and Learning in the Digital Environment, Antonio Battro (Academia Nacional de Educacion, Argentina)
  23. Toward an Integrative Model of Psychological Development, Michael F. Mascolo (Merrimack College) and Tom Bidell
  24. Commentary, Richard Lerner (Tufts University) and Willis Overton (Psychology, Temple University)
  25. Legacy, Jerome Kagan (Harvard University)

About the Editors

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

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General