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The Study of Human Development
The Future of the Field

ISBN 9780367891640
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
234 Pages

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Book Description

If you had just one wish for the study of human development, what would it be? How would it advance the field? And what would it take for your vision to be realized? This was the charge given to twenty-eight scholars, coming from different disciplines and fields, and who study different periods of the life course. This book compiles provocative contributions from a wide range of established scholars, organized into seven thematic areas: conceptual advances; systems, levels, and contexts; individual differences; methodological advances; harnessing science for human welfare and social justice; underexplored life course dynamics; and interdisciplinary collaboration and playing well with others. This book was originally published as a special issue of Research in Human Development.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Just One Wish for the Study of Human Development  Part I: Conceptual Advances  1. Taking Conceptual Analyses Seriously  2. On the Need to Seriously Challenge the Empiricist Side of the Nativist–Empiricist Debate  3. Eliminating Genetic Reductionism from Developmental Science  4. How Can Developmental Systems Theories Cope With Free Will? The Importance of Stress-Related Growth and Mindfulness  Part II: Systems, Levels, and Contexts  5. An Observatory for Life Courses: Populations, Countries, Institutions, and History  6. Toward a Vigorous Incorporation of Culture in the Study of Human Development  7. Right in Front of Us: Taking Everyday Life Seriously in the Study of Human Development  8. Relationships in Time and the Life Course: The Significance of Linked Lives  Part III: Individual Differences  9. Tracing Three Lines of Personality Development  10. Towards a New Synthesis for Development in Adulthood  11. Why Should Cognitive Developmental Psychology Remember that Individuals Are Different?  Part IV: Methodological Advances  12. Fellow Scholars: Let’s Liberate Ourselves from Scientific Machinery  13. Toward an Empirically Robust Science of Human Development  14. Getting at Developmental Processes Through Experiments  15. Methodological Practice as Matters of Justice, Justification, and the Pursuit of Verisimilitude  Part V: Harnessing Science for Human Welfare and Social Justice  16. Human Developmental Science for Social Justice  17. Understanding and Watering the Seeds of Compassion  18. Research that Helps Move Us Closer to a World Where Each Child Thrives  19. Mothering Mothers  Part VI: Underexplored Life Course Dynamics  20. Toward a

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Richard A. Settersten is Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences and Endowed Director of the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at Oregon State University, USA. His research examines transitions across the life course, and has most recently focused on the longer and more uncertain process of becoming an adult today.

Megan M. McClelland is the Katherine E. Smith Professor of Healthy Children and Families in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University, USA. Her research focuses on optimizing children's development, especially as it relates to children’s self-regulation from early childhood to adulthood.